Louisville - Marquette Notebook

InsideTheVille.com's post-game notebook includes comments from Rick Pitino and Marquette coach Buzz Williams about Louisville's 84-71 win over the Golden Eagles to advance to the Big East semifinals Friday night.

Rick Pitino Opening Statement
"I thought the guys did a tremendous job of pushing the pace tonight, getting a lot of easy baskets for us. We tired a little bit in the second half because guys were playing a lot of minutes, and Marquette is more than willing to run with anybody. When Gorgui went out of the game, Jared gave us a big lift, a tremendous lift. We didn't lose a whole lot. They maintained their poise, and we did a really good job of offensively attacking the whole night. Real proud of the guys. We got a chance to rest Gorgui in unusual conditions.

Pitino on offensive rebounds
"They're a big steal team, and we told Chane all night to go along the baseline, and they helped go to the glass. We were going to bring three guys back, but I said that because they're such a big steal team, we have an 0.2 rebound margin area so we were going to hit the offensive glass when we could but we were able to attack offensively especially with Gorgui out of the game. Peyton really tired down the stretch. I played him too many minutes but I had no choice."

Pitino on Peyton Siva
"He played terrific, but I've got to somehow get him a few blows. Going into this tournament we were hoping he would turn it around, and he is, and we had a long talk. I used the analogy of the New York Giants, nobody remembers the regular season anymore when they went into the playoffs, just matters what you do in the postseason. So don't worry about what you did in the regular season, just be a great player in the postseason, and he's doing that for us."

Pitino on Chane Behanan's development
"Chane is a young man with great pride, and he's a warrior. He won't back down under any circumstance at all. He's a terrific young man, and the sky's the limit to how much better he can get. But he's just a tough, tough kid, young man, and he takes on every challenge. He told me tonight in unusual circumstances, he grabbed me twice in the locker room, said, if Gorgui needs a break when he gets in foul trouble, I'll play that five, and don't worry about me. And sure enough, Gorgui got I don't know if Gorgui knows that a technical foul is a personal foul, as well. In Senegal I don't think they have that rule."

Pitino on Swopshire
"I was just as upset with the calls as he was, but the thing we've got to find out is can we play without Gorgui, and this young man stepped up, actually drew a charge tonight, which was like the miracle on 34th Street. So it's unbelievable for him to do that. He stepped up big, 12 rebounds. Now Chane knows when Gorgui is out that we can win without Gorgui in the game, and that was great for us to find that out tonight."

Pitino on late miscues
"I think that is fatigue a little bit. Peyton made some really bad decisions, but I think he's handling the ball the whole night. Chane made a couple poor decisions on back door timing plays. But I think when you see a lot of those plays, it's fatigue. We pushed the pace on every possession, and then we turned around and pressed them on every made bucket. So that a little bit clouds it, but we wanted to do we've got to give Peyton a little bit of relief, and Russ did it toward the end of the game. He gave him a little bit of relief. But the answer is yes, of course, you don't want to turn the ball over.

Pitino on facing USF/Notre in the semifinals
"You guys don't understand that in Louisville, you personally, you just don't understand that. West Virginia, nobody could do it with South Florida. If Notre Dame wants to slow it down, they will, because they have excellent ball handlers, they're excellent passers, and we have to learn to play both ways, and we have this season. But you know, sometimes South Florida has gone a long way with this style of play, so you've got to give them all the credit in the world. We have no problem playing it. We played it against Vanderbilt this year numerous times try and play fast but you've got to give the other team credit. Certain teams will run, certain teams will not run. You've got to face that in the NCAA."

Buzz Williams on UofL's effort
"I thought we were playing from behind from the very beginning. It never seemed to be in sync. Seemed like we just kept passing the mic at a karaoke bar and I'm not sure of the words, you try. We were kicking the ball everywhere. They were taking it from us, just no good, never in rhythm, never in sync. I thought Gorgui was outstanding, but collectively, like if you look at their numbers, Kuric had 20, Behanan 12 and 8, Gorgui 8 and 10, Siva 18 and 8, Russ Smith, 12 and 3; Jared Swopshire, that's a career high for him, 12 rebounds in 20 minutes. They all played well."

Post-Game Notebook

Louisville advances to the semifinal round of the BIG EAST Championship, where the Cardinals will face either Notre Dame or USF.

The Cardinals have reached the semifinal round of the BIG EAST Championship for the second straight year and the third time in the past four seasons.

Louisville's win marks the fourth time in five years that the BIG EAST Championship's No. 7 seed defeated the No. 2 seed in the quarterfinals.

Louisville has won four of its last five games in the BIG EAST Championship.

Louisville's Gorgui Dieng had three blocks, increasing his single-season school record total to 107.

Louisville had 50 rebounds and nine blocks. Both totals are the most by the Cardinals in a BIG EAST tournament game.

Marquette committed 26 turnovers – the most by the Golden Eagles this season and one shy of the BIG EAST Championship single-game record.

Marquette's loss snapped a five-year streak in which the Golden Eagles won their first game of the BIG EAST Championship.

Marquette's Jae Crowder had his 12th double-double of the season with 10 points and 12 rebounds.


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