WARE HAS HUGE GAME
And Ware delivered.
Ware hit all four of his shots in the first half and finished with a career-high 11 points to go along with one rebound and a steal in 25 minutes.
"I just felt like I had to come in and contribute," Ware said. "Being in and seeing what was open, I felt like we could really exploit how they guarded us on the pick and roll. I feel like every since the Marquette game, coach has had confidence in me and I think that will continue as long as I keep playing."
Ware made one of the biggest plays of the game late when Oregon cut the lead to six points before Ware made a runner down the right side of the lane.
"Kevin gave us a tremendous lift," Pitino said.
U of L assistant coach Kevin Keatts said Ware has been doing many of the things he did tonight in recent weeks but the difference was "he finished those shots. We have really been working hard with him to get to the basket and finish."
"Kevin is really playing great right now, "Siva said. "I think his confidence is really high and he's playing great basketball. He's finishing now."
BEHANAN A BETTER GAME
Sophomore Chane Behanan has been in a recent slump. But against the Ducks, Behanan was more active on the floor.
He finished with seven points four rebounds and one assist.
"I felt like I played better," Behanan said. "I came out with an aggressive mentality and just tried to stay focused on the game plan."
A FEW NUGGETS
*Behanan had two dunks in the game, giving him 56 for the season. He's now just three behind Pervis Ellison (59 in 1987-88) for the most in a single season at the University of Louisville.
*Russ Smith's 31 points were the most ever scored in a college game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State's Evan Turner had 28 in a game in 2008.
*Smith now has 11 steals in the tournament, tying him with Lancaster Gordon (1983) for the most in one tournament by a U of L player.
*Gorgui Dieng had a solid game, 10 points, nine rebounds, four blocks.