The No. 6-ranked Louisville Cardinals picked up another win on Tuesday night in the KFC Yum! Center by defeating Missouri State 90-60.
The Cardinals were dominant in several facets of the game, but none more so than rebounding- a department in which the Cardinals bested the Bears by 21, with a 51-30 advantage. Of their 51 rebounds, 20 came on the offensive end, allowing the team to score 21 second-chance points en route to the 30-point victory.
"Defensively we were terrific, and offensive rebounding was spectacular," head coach Rick Pitino said after the game. "When you get 20 offensive rebounds and almost shoot 52 percent, you're gaining so many possessions."
Sophomore forward Montrezl Harrell was the biggest beneficiary of the Cards' big night on the boards, as a great deal of his game-high 17 points came by way of second-chance opportunities. Harrell chipped in eight rebounds in the game.
"We made sure that we allowed them one shot on the defensive end, and on the offensive end that we got multiple shots," Harrell said.
"On offense, giving us second and third-chance shots, that's like we're getting out offense back, they have to sit down and guard us for another 35 seconds."
"We took it as a chip on our shoulder that we were going to go out and rebound the ball." center Mangok Mathiang, who led all Cardinal rebounders in the game with nine, said that the advantage on the offensive glass is what allowed the team to dominate the game.
"We had a whole lot of offensive rebounds tonight," Mathiang, who had six in the game, said with a grin. "I think we did a tremendous job tonight, because the more we get offensive rebounds, the more we get shots at the basket."
While Mathiang and Harrell led the Cardinals in rebounding, the team got major contributions from several others- including freshman guard Terry Rozier, who followed his 10-rebound performance against Western Kentucky, with an eight-board effort against the Bears.
The win over Missouri State now go on a four-game road swing beginning Saturday in Miami against Florida International.