Here's a look at a few points from a Louisville men's basketball win on Saturday on the road at Florida International.
1. Not perfect, but a good road win: The Cardinals didn't look their best the entire game but in the end this was a very good win. Could have been a trap game - time in Miami and UK the next game - but again they took care of business. It was a very energetic building and they really came through for the win. While Rick Pitino wasn't totally pleased, he was "excited to get a win on the road."
2. Some sun and a lot of hard work: While some might believe this isn't really a business trip, well you would be wrong. The Cardinals win is even more impressive considering just how hard they went for a couple days before the game. A double-session on Thursday and a really hard two-hour practice on Friday, while also going through a very spirited walk-through (they never walked) on Saturday morning. The Cards have also watched a lot of film and this trip is going to be a huge benefit for the future and the improvement of this team.
3. Chane Behanan playing his best ball?: Pitino has mentioned the solid play of Chane Behanan several times and again he was one of the most consistent players on the floor. Behanan had nine points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals in 18 minutes. You will see his minutes increase as the games get tougher because right now he's playing as well as anyone on the team. Behanan is in great shape, he's working hard every day and seemingly has turned the corner from just a player that has flashes to one who does it all the time.
4. Defense and rebounding not the bright spot: There's no excuse for the rebounding woes, dropping the battle on the boards 38-34. The biggest difference in this game was zero rebounds by Terry Rozier and just one from Russ Smith. The guards must rebounds for this team to be a good rebounding team. On the defense, Pitino said "we're just not a very good zone team." But they're not going to stop trying. It's really all about communication on the floor.
5. A few leftovers: Wayne Blackshear left after banging his knee a bit but he was fine after the game. . . . Terry Rozier was disappointing in the first half with just one assist and nothing else on his line. He finished with eight points and three assists. . . . Seven players hit a three-pointer with 11 guys in all scoring a basket. . . . The Cardinals were whipped on the offensive glass 17-12 but had double the second-chance points at 22-11.