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Rick Pitino touts Onuaku's play, looks ahead to North Florida in recent blog post

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- University of Louisville head basketball coach Rick Pitino took positives and negatives away from the Cardinals' 35-point win over Hartford on Tuesday.

In a post on his blog Wednesday, Pitino named sophomore Chinanu Onuaku the MVP of the game, and touted the team's ability to adapt to Hartford's different defensive schemes and take advantage of high percentage shots.

Here's the full post:

There are many things to like about our 87-52 victory over Hartford. We wanted to take it to their center from Ireland, John Carroll, and put him in foul trouble. He was giving opposing centers problems. Our guys passed to Chinanu in the right places to score and put Carroll on the bench.

The two disappointing parts were the execution in the closing seconds of halftime and the low deflection total (20). We were supposed to run the play at five seconds. Instead, we initiated it at nine seconds and that left time for a three-point shot, which we fouled the shooter. Not good!!!

Holding them to seven assists was a positive but sometimes certain stats can be misleading. For example, they shot 32.6%, a low percentage. What’s misleading is they shot 21-27 free throws, so their offense was more efficient than the percentage would indicate.

Chinanu again was the MVP and we played intelligently on offense, handling all of their changing defenses with high percentage shots. Also, a major plus was we were 13-of-17 on the break for 26 points.

North Florida comes to the YUM! with a high-octane offense. They are #1 in three point shots made at 17 per game and 48% of their shots are three pointers. They’re shooting a stunning .523 from the three-point line. They dominated Illinois at Illinois, scoring 93 points. It should be a very interesting afternoon for our defensive scheme.

Dallas Moore, their outstanding point guard has 20 assists and 1 turnover in two games. He is the leading scorer at 24.5 per game. They will put a lot of offensive pressure on us as they shoot, pass, and create driving lanes because of their shooting prowess.

Louisville next hosts North Florida on Saturday at noon.

Here's the link to Pitino's blog post.

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