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Louisville the New Team to Beat in the Volatile Big East?

The win against South Florida was good. The win over Villanova was impressive. The win over Notre Dame was spectacular!

The Louisville Cardinals may have had a rough start to the season; but, they are certainly rolling on all cylinders now. After an impressive win over Villanova on Saturday, the Cardinals backed it up with an overtime victory against 12th ranked Notre Dame. The game was a close defensive battle, that is, until the overtime period began. It was during overtime that Louisville was lights-out, which led to their eventual victory by a score of 73 to 87.

Photo by Kevin Coles.

Photo by Kevin Coles.

Notre Dame’s star, Luke Harangody, was impressive as usual, as he scored 28 pts; but, it wasn’t enough to match the Cardinals. It was senior Terrance Williams that was the heart of Louisville, as he had 24 pts, 16 rebounds, and 8 assists. The Cardinals also had 3 other players in double figures (Samardo Samuels, Earl Clark, and Andre McGee).

In overtime, Notre Dame only scored two points, which was a testament to how well the Cardinals played. Both defensively and offensively, Lousville simply stole the show. The Cardinals have been hot since their win over cross-town rival Kentucky, as they currently have a four-game winning streak. Louisville will have to keep up this level of play, however, as they host the number one team in the country, Pittsburgh, on Saturday.

Louisville (12-3 overall, 3-0 Big East): Next 3 games-Pittsburgh, @Rutgers, @Syracuse

Notre Dame (12-4 overall, 3-2 Big East): Next 3 games-@Syracuse, Connecticut, Marquette

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