From the locker room: Duke edges Louisville

The University of Louisville suffered a 76-71 loss to Duke on Saturday night in the title game of the Battle 4 Atlantis. It was the first loss of the season for the Cardinals. Here is what U of L coach Rick Pitino said after the game.


On Gorgui Dieng's wrist injury: "We don't know if it's broken yet. If it's broken you'll get me disappointed. I don't want to know. I want to stay in an upbeat mode. Just tell me tomorrow."

On the overall effort: "We had a very good opportunity but we missed our free throws and they made their free throws. But our effort was extraordinary and I'm proud of them. They're a top-10 team."

On several key mistakes: "Sometimes it's a very simple game. The score was tied and we had a couple of two-on-ones and they make great defensive plays and then we go to the line and they get run outs. I know on the free throws the young man (Russ Smith) was exhausted – he gives us so much – so I could see how you could miss that, but the 2 on 1 breaks were a big disappointment."

More on the overall picture: "This was a good basketball team. We played without our best big man and took them to the mat. I really see great upside with this team."

"I was very upset after the Northern Iowa game. We were playing scared. Tonight we felt like we should have beat Duke, Gorgui (Dieng) or no Gorgui, we felt we should have beat them."

On Stephen Van Treese and Zach Price: "They gave us super minutes and I knew they would. One thing we are is conditioned to injuries. It doesn't bother us in the least. We have people step up and play. I was really encouraged today. We did some really good things."

On fouling Duke: "The problem is every time you foul them, you give them a timeout. They get a 30 second time out. The problem is everybody fouls them. Some people say, ‘Oh Duke gets the call.' No, we fouled them. We fouled them. They are very good at what they do. They have an upper-class team."

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