Jan. 14, 2013
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Connecticut Huskies (12-3) (2-1 Big East) vs. #1/1 Louisville Cardinals (15-1) (3-0 Big East)
Monday, January 14, 2013 at 7 PM
XL Center, Hartford, Conn.
ABOUT LOUISVILE: Louisville entered tonight's game ranked #1 by both the AP Top 25 and USA Today Coaches Poll. Connecticut is ranked under "Other's receiving votes" by both polls.
> UConn fell to 2-7 all-time against AP No. 1 teams; the Huskies are 1-2 at home against No. 1 teams. Louisville has now won 11th straight.
> Tonight's game marked the 238th game on ESPN/ESPN2 since the start of the 1986-87 season for the Huskies. UConn fell to 148-90 in those games tonight.
> In the 313th contest for the Huskies in Hartford, UConn fell to 229-84. On the season, they are 4-1 at the XL.
> Tonight was the Huskies first home loss of the season.
> The Cardinals improved to 8-6 all-time versus the Huskies, while Louisville head coach Rick Pitino improved to 12-11 against UConn (Pitino previously coached at Boston University, as well as Providence College). Louisville has won 6 of the last 7 versus UConn.
> With the win tonight, Louisville's 16-1 record ties the school's best start in history with that of the 2003-04 season.
> Louisville's Russ Smith led all scorers with 15 points at the half-time mark. Shabazz Napier and Omar Calhoun each tallied 10 first half points to lead the Huskies.
> Gorgui Dieng of Louisville registered 10 first half rebounds, only 4 short of UConn's half-time total of 14.
> The Huskies went 5 for 9 from three-point line in the first half, while Louisville shot 1 for 6.
> In the first half of tonight's game, only 2 points were scored as a total tally of both team's benches (the 2 points were the result of a layup by UConn's Niels Giffey).
> Halftime Score: UConn 34, Louisville 28
> Connecticut's Omar Calhoun tied a personal best hitting 3 three-pointers in tonight's contest.
> Louisville posted 44 points in the paint, while the Huskies were only able to tally 20.
> Louisville's Gorgui Dieng tied a career-high 16 rebounds tonight.
> The Cardinals' Russ Smith led all scorers with 23 points tonight, while Omar Calhoun led the Huskies with 20 points (two shy of his career high).
> The Huskies were outrebounded on the night 36-28 by the Cardinals.
> Louisville's bench posted 8 points in the second half, as the Cardinals went on to outscore the Huskies by 21 points during the second half of tonight's contest.
> Final Score: UConn 58, Louisville 73