Scrimmage Breakdown

Who was the difference-maker for the Red team? Who sparked the White team? Who won the battle between Kyle Kuric and Mike Marra? What did Rick Pitino think about his team's performance? breaks down Louisville's high-scoring Red-White basketball scrimmage.

Preston Knowles did his best to lead a White comeback Sunday in Louisville's Red-White scrimmage at the KFC Yum! Center, but the Red team had too much strength inside for the White to overcome.

Terrence Jennings scored a game-high 39 points, and added 12 rebounds to help the Red to a 124-113 win over the White team. Rakeem Buckles added 20 points and 17 rebounds, also a game-high, as the Red out-scored the White by 24 points in the paint. The Red also out-rebounded the White by 18.

Knowles, who scored 38, was one of the three players on the White with six three's. Kyle Kuric and Elisha Justice also drained six three-pointers. Those three made all 18 of the White squads 44 threes.

Difference Maker
The White team had no answer for Terrence Jennings, who scored a game-high 39 points, grabbed 12 boards and blocked two shots. Jennings was a key reason why the Red dominated their counterparts inside the paint, out-scoring the White 56-32 in the lane, and out-rebounding them 53-35. Terrence Jennings was the difference for his team.

Terrence Jennings was the difference.
Second Half Spark
Preston Knowles was quiet in the first half, but exploded for 32 second half points to make things interesting down the stretch for the White squad. Knowles couldn't find his shot before halftime, making only 2 of 10 shots, but found the mark after the break to finish 14 of 29, 6-15 from the three-point arch. Rick Pitino also will be pleased with Knowles' seven assists and two turnovers.

Coach Speak
"From a conditioning standpoint I don't know any players I've coached that could have done what they tonight without substitutes. We were going to cancel the scrimmage on Saturday morning because we only had eight players....but we didn't know how to cancel 22,000 tickets. The guys did a marvelous job fighting through it. They're getting a lot of what we're trying to do offensively. Now we've just got to pick up the defensive transition."

Gutty Performance
Despite a cracked rib that caused him sizable pain, freshman point guard Elisha Justice played 38 gutty minutes – and played well. While Justice committed six turnovers, he also hit six three's on his way to a 20-point effort and also made four steals. Pitino said Justice will be healthy in 7 to 10 days.

Windex Man
Rakeem Buckles was active on the boards, grabbing a game-high 17 rebounds. Buckles was especially active on the defensive glass, hauling in 13 boards to help get the break started for his team. Buckles also finished with 20 points and nine assists. The only blemish on Buckles' stat sheet – 9 turnovers.

Point Proven
Other than his three-point shooting percentage (.200), Peyton Siva did an excellent job running the show for the winning Red team. Siva scored, distributed, grabbed rebounds and made all eight of his free throws. Despite the fast-action, Siva had an excellent 10-4 assist to turnover ratio.

Kyle Kuric won the battle at small forward.
Position Battle
Kyle Kuric got the better of Mike Marra in the battle for the small forward job. Though both players performed admirably, Kuric scored more points (28-21) than Marra, and had more field goals, assists and steals. Kuric was outstanding in the second half, teaming with Preston Knowles to lead the White rally after halftime.

Dieng Watch
Gorgui Dieng attended the scrimmage in street clothes and sat behind the team bench. UofL officials said the university could hear word back on Dieng's appeal "any day." Dieng's former prep coach told Sunday he's hopeful the NCAA will 'do the right thing' and allow Dieng to play for the Cardinals this season.

No Bench
Wihout Dieng, junior forward Jared Swopshire and freshman point guard Russ Smith, Louisville was forced to call in former Cardinal Perrin Johnson to participate in the scrimmage. Johnson was eating lunch at Panera Sunday afternoon when he received a call from Pitino to head to arena to suit up for the Red-White scrimmage. Johnson scored six points and played 22 minutes.

Recruit Watch
Louisville commits Chane Behanan and Zach Price attended the scrimmage, as did local standouts Ryan Taylor (Western) and Tony Kimbro (Jeffersontown). Kimbro is planning a visit to Marquette, but indicated Louisville hasn't shown much interest to this point.

Crowd Control
21,218 fans turned out for Louisville's first 'game' at the KFC Yum! Center. The Red-White scrimmage allowed UofL fans a chance to find their way around the arena, and figure out parking and traffic patterns. I arrived to the arena one hour and 15 minutes before the game and had no problem parking or with traffic. Heading home I chose River Road to Zorn and met little resistance leaving the arena.

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