Analysis: Cards kill Marquette on the boards

Louisville shot 37 percent and turned the ball over 19 times against No. 2 Marquette Thursday, but knocked off the Golden Eagles with strong offensive rebounding and stingy defense.

Louisville (23-9) advanced to the Big East Tournament semifinals with a convincing, 84-71, win over ninth-ranked Marquette Thursday night. Peyton Siva and Kyle Kuric delivered big for the Cardinals, who destroyed Marquette on the offensive glass. Here's instant analysis of the game:

IT WAS OVER WHEN: Gorgui Dieng made consecutive jump shots with five minutes remaining, the last to put Louisville up 69-58 with 5:17. The Cardinals outscored Marquette by two the rest of the way.

KEY STATS: 26 and 26


How do you beat a Top 10 team shooting 37.7 percent from the floor while committing 19 turnovers. Crash the offensive glass and force turnovers. That's exactly what Louisville did. The Cardinals destroyed Marquette with 26 offensive rebounds, converting those into 20 second chance points. Gourgi Dieng had seven offensive rebounds; Jared Swopshire six. Louisville also forced 26 turnovers, including 14 steals. Peyton Siva and Russ Smith combined for nine steals.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Kyle Kuric led Louisville in scoring with 20 points, but Siva again was the difference for the Cardinals. As well as Siva played in the second round, the talented guard was even better against Marquette. Siva scored 18 points, dished six assists and made four steals on defense. He also added a career-high eight rebounds, including four offensive.

BIG PLAY: Less than a minute after Jae Crowder's fourth foul, Kyle Kuric drained a huge three to thwart Marquette's momentum and extend Louisville's lead to 57-50 with 11:59 remaining. The Golden Eagles never got closer the rest of the way.

TURNING POINT: Marquette cut Louisville's 10 point lead to 54-50 in the first seven minutes of the second half. Then Jae Crowder, the Big East POY, picked up his fourth foul, forcing him to the bench. Louisville scored the next five points then steadily pulled away from the Golden Eagles.

TOP RESERVE Russ Smith scored in double figures again with 12, led Louisville with five steals and converted all six free throws. But Jared Swopshire was Louisville's top reserve against Marquette, finishing with 8 points and 12 rebounds. The 6'7 senior made just 2 of 6 shots, but connected on 4 of 5 foul attempts, and grabbed a half dozen offensive rebounds. He also drew a couple charges.


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