LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Louisville's hangover didn't last long.
The 11th-ranked Cardinals bounced back from an upset loss to
Western Kentucky last week by throttling overmatched Indiana State
83-43 in the opening game of the Marques Maybin Classic on
Earl Clark had 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Terrence
Williams added 12 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as the
Cardinals (3-1) overwhelmed the Sycamores (0-6).
Louisville coach Rick Pitino chastised his team for lethargic
play against the Hilltoppers, saying the Cardinals' performance was
the product of poor practice. He threw assistant coach Walter
McCarty - a 10-year NBA veteran - onto the practice court this week
in an effort to get his starters to play with a little more
It worked. Louisville needed less than five minutes to build a
double-digit lead and cruised to its most lopsided win of the
Brant Leitnaker and Jay Tunnell both had nine points for Indiana
State, which shot 28 percent from the field and had 23 turnovers.
The three-day round-robin is named after Maybin, Louisville's
13th all-time leading scorer who was paralyzed below the waist in a
motorcycle accident in 2003. Maybin received a standing ovation
when introduced during the second half. It was the biggest rise the
crowd would get during an anticlimactic final 20 minutes.
Indiana State, one of 16 NCAA Division I schools who began the
day winless, had been a tough out during its first five games. The
Sycamores came in losing by an average of 6.1 points, including a
five-point loss at DePaul last week and a two-point defeat to
Arkansas State on Monday.
Louisville's defense and some sloppy ballhandling by the
Sycamores had the outcome decided before most of the late-arriving
crowd had taken their seats. The Cardinals needed less than five
minutes to build a double-digit lead and poured it on from there.
Indiana State missed 19 of its first 23 shots and struggled
against Louisville's fullcourt press.
The Cardinals, meanwhile, had no such trouble. With the always
vocal Williams challenging his teammates to share the ball and help
on defense, Louisville raced to a 25-5 lead.
Pitino laid part of the blame of the Western Kentucky loss on
the team's overinflated ego, saying the Cardinals were a little too
"me first" instead of "team first." Whatever message he sent
during a sometimes torturous week of practice was received.
Even freshman Samardo Samuels, who is still trying to learn the
intricacies of Louisville's offense, got in on the act. He started
one fast break by stepping in front of a pass at midcourt and
feeding it to Williams for a layup.
Williams pointed at his teammate as he ran back down the court,
yelling "That's you son," as the Cardinals raced back down the
Louisville led 50-17 at halftime and Pitino went deep into the
bench in the second half. All 13 players who suited up found their
way into the game and all but one scored.