Hancock feels great in return

After missing the entire preseason and the season-opener due to an Achilles injury, senior Luke Hancock returned to action in Louisville's 97-69 win over Hofstra on Tuesday night.

The first words Luke Hancock said when the media approached him following Louisville's 97-69 win over Hofstra on Tuesday night was to the point.

"I feel great. 100 percent."

After missing the preseason and season-opener recovering from an Achilles injury, senior Luke Hancock returned to game action in game two of the young season. It was his first game action, including scrimmages, in months.

"It's been awhile," he said. "I don't know exactly how long."

The 2013 Final Four MVP played 15 minutes against the Pride, scoring 8 points and grabbing 3 rebounds. After missing his first three-point attempt, he found another opportunity just 84 seconds later and drained it. He finished 2 of 4 from the floor, all three-point attempts.

"I was worried I was going to start off like last year, but it felt good to get a couple shots," said Hancock, referencing his slow start to the 2012-13 season.

Five different Cardinals connected from beyond the arc, including five from Russ Smith and three from Wayne Blackshear.

"It's going to be a lot like last year, just playing off of Russ and Chris, like it was with Russ and Peyton," Hancock said. "At the three spot, with Wayne and myself, if you combine our stats and our minutes, we're going to be in very solid position."

The pair combined for 17 points, including going 5 of 9 in three-point attempts. Despite who gets the starting nod, the duo make for formidable three spot tandem.

"I don't know who will play more, but I'm happy with my role," said Hancock.

Louisville returns to action on Friday night when it hosts Cornell at the KFC Yum! Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00p.m.

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