Here's a look at a few key moments from Louisville's 90-62 win over visiting MO-Kansas City on Wednesday evening.
>Rick Pitino tinkered with his starting lineup for a second consecutive game, giving Chris Jones and Terry Rozier the backcourt nod. After a slow start that saw Pitino call a timeout 1:30 into a scoreless contest, the Cardinals began a spurt that would immediately take control of the game.
Just as he did against Southern Miss, Rozier scored the games first points on a three-pointer. Rozier also grabbed a pair of rebounds during opening 3 minutes.
Not making a start since January 26 at Georgetown, Russ Smith didn't hesitate impacting the game when he entered. He grabbed a quick rebound and found Mangok Mathiang for a layup. Montrezl Harrell muscled a rebound and scored inside before the game-opening run came to an end. Louisville 11-2.
Hancock finds his three
>After struggling behind the three-point arc, going 1 for 8, in the win over Southern Miss, Luke Hancock came out against UMKC determined to find his stroke. Putting up attempts from varying spots on the floor, the senior missed his first four. That changed following Russ Smith's first steal of the game. Smith stole an in-bounds pass and found a wide open Hancock with a behind-the-back bounce pass for the three-pointer. He drained his next three-point attempt moments later. Louisville 24-9.
>It took Russ Smith nearly 11 minutes of being on the floor before he took his first shot. The team's leading scorer at 18.9 points per game, Smith found other ways to be productive during his first half action. The All-American dished out 5 assists, grabbed four rebounds and had two steals before taking his first shot attempt. Louisville 41-22.
Second half start
>Despite increasing the halftime lead by two, the Cardinals didn't start the second half with the intensity that Rick Pitino wanted. After failing to hit one during the first half, the Kangaroos connected on 3 of 5 three-pointers during the early minutes of the second half, which contributed to Rick Pitino calling a timeout with 14:46 left in the game. Louisville 56-38.
Another 10 minutes
>Russ Smith continued to put his constantly improving all-around game on display during his second 10 minutes of action against UMKC. After not scoring - on just one shot attempt - during 10 minutes of first half play, Smith scored 9 points, while also dishing out 5 assists and adding another rebound and steal to his stat line during his first 10 minutes of second half play. Louisville 72-47.