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LANE | Humble Cards Move Up in Rankings Despite Defeat, Cats Slide Slightly

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville moved up a couple of spots in the latest AP Poll after a loss and a win in the past week.  The loss was a 71-67 decision at Michigan State, a game the Cardinals led for almost three quarters of the game.  The win was a 111-63 destruction of previously unbeaten Grand Canyon University.

U of L is up two spots in the weekly poll to 22nd.  Michigan State is the new number one at 9-0.  Kentucky fell from first to fifth after a road loss at UCLA.  The Wildcats are back in action Wednesday when they host Eastern Kentucky at Rupp Arena in a 7:00 pm start.

Rick Pitino continued to praise his Cardinals after Saturday's blowout win over the Antelopes.  He believes the most difficult thing to instill in young people today is humility.  And this group has it.  

"This is a team with very little ego," said Pitino. "They just listen and they move it and they have fun.  Like I said from day one, I keep telling them how remarkable they are as young men.  This is something I probably won't experience again.  I've experienced it once in '87 (with Providence) and I'm experiencing it now where you have this humble demeanor.  It's wonderful to see."

Fifth-year senior transfer Trey Lewis said he never would have thought he'd be here a year ago.  It was just over a year ago that Lewis and his then Cleveland State teammates were humbled by a one-sided loss to U of L at the KFC Yum! Center.  Lewis was quick to point out that it wasn't quite as bad a beating as Grand Canyon took Saturday.  But he can't say enough good things about being a Cardinal and he had this response when I asked him how good this team can be.

"I cannot put a limit on it," said Lewis.  "Just saying how great we could be would put a limit on it.  Coach talks about a one-day contract.  Everyday you have to maximize it.  You have to go out there and compete every practice.  Every game we have to give it our all.  This team has no limits.  We can do whatever we want to."    

Here's the entire Associated Press Men's Top 25 (with points):
1    Michigan State (62)     9-0    1,617
2    Kansas (1)     6-1    1,442
3    North Carolina (2)     7-1    1,425
4    Iowa State    7-0    1,347
5    Kentucky    7-1    1,325
6    Maryland    7-1    1,299
7    Oklahoma    6-0    1,283
8    Duke    8-1    1,243
9    Villanova    7-1    1,230
10    Virginia    7-1    1,003
11    Purdue    9-0    997
12    Xavier    9-0    930
13    Arizona    7-1    811
14    West Virginia    7-0    615
15    Providence    8-1    548
16    Baylor    6-1    488
17    Miami (FL)    7-1    469
18    Butler    6-1    416
19    SMU    6-0    413
20    Gonzaga    5-2    399
21    Vanderbilt    6-2    377
22    Louisville    6-1    373
23    Cincinnati    8-1    331
24    Oregon    6-1    241
25    Utah    7-1    108

    Others receiving votes: Connecticut 82, Syracuse 78, Texas A&M 69, George Washington 60, UNLV 40, UCLA 19, South Carolina 15, Dayton 7, Arkansas-Little Rock 5, Georgetown 4, Florida 4, Pittsburgh 3, Iowa 3, Northwestern 2, Indiana 2, Notre Dame 1, Navy 1

    Dropped from rankings: Syracuse 14, Texas A&M 18  

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