The day after: Cards maul the Bears

A look the day after Louisville's 90-60 win over Missouri State to check out some key points from the game. The Cardinals moved to 10-1 on the season and now hit the road for four straight games.

1. The wrist looked just fine: A collective smile across the fans and coaches when Chris Jones was back on the floor and looking like he did before his sprained wrist. He said he was "very surprised" when he was able to practice on Monday and was glad to be back in the lineup and he looked just fine. Jones only played 19 minutes but had nine points, two rebounds, one assist and one block. He had no turnovers again and is playing solid ball.

2. Rozier just gets it: Terry Rozier has 18 rebounds in two games. Remember, he's a guard. The 6-foot-1 freshman has such a hard-nose attitude and he said the rebounding effort he gives "isn't something you can teach." He just goes after it and gets it. Mangok Mathiang said Rozier has been stealing some of his boards. He's maybe the best rebounding guard in the country and his all-around game is really coming on. He's a star and going to be an elite talent.

3. Defense is all about communication: OK, so maybe not all communication but for the most part. The Cardinals are getting better on defense - and better every game - because they are communicating better. You can see it coming down the floor, Rozier and Russ Smith were talking to each other. Mathiang and Montrezl Harrell switched men several times - unlike earlier in the season - and the opponent didn't get open. It's still a work in progress but it's really coming along for U of L on defense.

4. Kevin Ware gets some time: A lot of chatter about Kevin Ware, who hasn't been playing much. Ware saw five late minutes on Tuesday and scored four points before limping off after getting kicked in the shin (he's fine). Word is he had a really good week of practice, has a positive attitude and is working hard to try and get back into the top rotation of guards. Pretty deep team when a guy like Ware can't crack the lineup for the Cardinals.

5. A few leftovers: Russ Smith yet another stellar performance - 11 points, eight assists, four rebounds. . . . Smith passed Francisco Garcia on the all-time scoring list with 1,418 points. . . . Wayne Blackshear has now scored double figures in three straight games after getting 11. . . . U of L is now 134-9 during the Rick Pitino-era when scoring 80 or more points and 109-6 when shooting 50 percent of better from the field in the same span.


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