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BOZICH: Cards Jump Into 3-Way Tie For 2nd In Big East

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Louisville won for the sixth time in seven games, defeating Seton Hall Saturday. Louisville won for the sixth time in seven games, defeating Seton Hall Saturday.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The University of Louisville continued its push toward the top of the Big East standings Saturday, dispatching Seton Hall, 79-61, at the KFC Yum! Center.

With Georgetown winning at Syracuse and Marquette falling to Villanova, Louisville is tied with the Orange and the Golden Eagles for second place, one game behind Georgetown. The three-way tie won't last long. Syracuse plays at Marquette Monday night. 

Georgetown plays at Connecticut Wednesday, the same night Louisville visits DePaul in Chicago.

The Cards enjoyed one of their best three-point shooting nights of the season, making seven of 15. Luke Hancock was three for three and Kevin Ware made two of five. After a 9 for 41 start from the three-point line, Hancock has made 29 of his last 71 threes (41 percent).

Russ Smith and Gorgui Dieng also had solid nights. Smith finished with 19 points while Dieng had 23, making all but one of his 11 field-goal attempts.  He also had three blocks. Smith was a perfect 10 of 10 from the free-throw line.

The game against the Pirates was the second in a three-game stretch against the three bottom teams the Big East. Louisville defeated last-place South Florida Sunday and gets DePaul next.

LEAGUE LEADERS – Here is where Louisville players rank among the Big East statistical leaders:

Russ Smith, second in scoring, 18.4; Chane Behanan, fourth in rebounding, 7.4; Behanan, ninth in field goal percentage, 50.7; Peyton Siva, third in assists, 6.08; Siva, third in steals, 2.08; Smith, fourth in steals, 2.04; Siva, second in free throw percentage, 87.7.

DOUBLE DIGITS -- The victory upgraded Louisville's league record to 10-4, making it the seventh straight season the Cardinals have won 10 or more Big East games.

FAMILY TREE – Former U of L assistant Kevin Willard, one of 25 former Pitino assistants or players who has become a head coach, coaches Seton Hall. Nine are currently head coaches of Division I programs.

The victory improved Pitino's record to 6-0 against Willard and 32-9 against the group.

WHERE IS THE LOVE? – Rick Pitino's players have only been honored twice in 14 weeks in the Big East player of the week and freshman of the week awards. U of L guard Russ Smith was selected at the player of the week on Dec. 31 after the Cards' victory over Kentucky, and Chane Behanan was the pick on Dec. 17.

The only two Big East players to honored twice are Cincinnati guard Sean Kilpatrick and Shabazz Napier of Connecticut.

JaKarr Sampson of St. John's has been the freshman of the week selection six times.

FOOTBALL SIGHTING – Charlie Strong's football staff was in the house – along with nearly 60 top prospects from the Class of 2014.

HARLEM SHAKE – Louisville rolled out its edition of the "Harlem Shake," video last week, and the spot was featured on the video board early in the second half. As of early Saturday afternoon, the video had inspired more than 504,000 views on YouTube.com.

UP NEXT – Louisville completes its conference road schedule next week. The Cardinals visit Chicago to play DePaul Wednesday night and then travel to Syracuse to play the Orange on Saturday. Louisville has won nine straight against the Blue Demons.

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