From the locker room: U of L whips Missouri

The second-ranked University of Louisville men's basketball team shot a season-high 49 percent from the field and forced 23 turnovers in an 84-61 win over No. 13 Missouri on Friday night. The Cardinals now face No. 5 Duke in the title game of the Battle 4 Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas. Here are a few quotes:

U OF L COACH RICK PITINO

"We did it (made a run) with our two best guys (Peyton Siva and Gorgui Dieng) on the bench in foul trouble. That speaks volumes for what type of players we have. I said all along that Luke Hancock needed to get away from our fans. They put so much heat on him and he would start making those three-pointers."

''We consider it a big treat to play (Duke) for a championship,. We feel we got the guys to play in that championship and win.''

''Our guys played a heck of a game. 'We had five guys in double figures. We had serious foul trouble and our bench gave us a big lift. That was exciting.''

"Russ is a home run player. Every possession you really have your heart in your mouth, but he really hits a lot of home runs. He bothers everybody, and he allows Peyton to do a lot of good things out there because he is so intense and Peyton knows he is going to gamble. But you have got to give Russ his free reign.''

U OF L GUARD Russ Smith

"Peyton is my teammate, I feel like he's the best point guard in the country. But all that matters is that we keep getting those wins."

U OF L GUARD PEYTON SIVA

"We tried to contain Phil Pressey, he's one of the best PG in the country and we tried to contain him. We did a good job of turning him over and we shot the ball a lot better today."


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