Behanan was best U of L player in blowout

University of Louisville junior forward Chane Behanan turned in his best effort of the season on Wednesday night. In fact, U of L coach Rick Pitino said Behanan was the only player on his team to play well in a 90-62 win over Missouri Kansas City. Behanan came off the bench and was Cardinal Authority's Player of the Game.

In his first six games of the season, Chane Behanan has been a solid role player for the University of Louisville basketball team.

On Wednesday night, U of L coach Rick Pitino said he was the best player on the team in a 90-62 blowout of Missouri Kansas City.

Behanan finished with his 12th career double-double, scoring 11 points and pulling down 11 rebounds, including eight on the offensive end.

"Well, I thought Chane was the only player on the team that played real well tonight," Pitino said. "I think some guys played mediocre, and some guys played OK, but I thought Chane really played well in this game.

"Regardless of the opponent, I thought he was doing the right things offensively and defensively."

Behanan came off the bench and gave the Cardinals a spark early, scoring six points and grabbing five rebounds in the first half. U of L led 43-27.

He had eight of the team's 22 offensive rebounds. He also had two steals and one blocked shot for the Cardinals.

Behanan is now averaging 8.0 points and 6.7 rebounds a game this season. He sat out the first game because of a suspension. He's hitting 60 percent from the field but just 42.4 percent from the free-throw line.

"I think Chane's free throw shooting is obviously the major concern there," Pitino said when asked about an expanded role for Behanan. "You know his second free throw tonight, when he doesn't snap his wrist, it just goes slow. He is a very good free throw shooter with form, but he realizes it after he snaps it, does it wrong, and then he corrects himself. So, we have just got to keep working on that."

Behanan has been in the middle of several off-court "distractions," but Pitino said he's getting better on the floor and needs to "just stay focused."

"Well, he is very active," Pitino said. "This basketball team epitomizes what you see in young people today. They're no different than other guys. They are a very distracted group. They have a very difficult time concentrating and that is Chane; concentration level is his weakness.

"But he is playing very good basketball right now. Chane has never been a problem on the court. He has just had a lot of distractions off the court. He just always has bad summers. If we could skip those months, it would be great."


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