Cards are 'focused' are ready for run

MEMPHIS - The University of Louisville opened the postseason with a bang - or make that a boom. The Cardinals are focused and rolled over Rutgers 92-31 in the American Athletic Conference quarterfinals on Thursday afternoon.

University of Louisville senior Stephan Van Treese said you can tell a difference in the attitude of the Cardinals this time of the year.

It's the postseason and U of L coach Rick Pitino gets his team to focus in on defense and the little things to try and make a run.

The Cardinals did just that last season, winning the school's third national title. On Thursday, the start to another run looked unreal as the Cardinals demolished Rutgers 92-31 in the quarterfinals of the AAC Tournament.

"We really start to focus," Van Treese said. "You can tell it's tournament time and we try to come together and jell as a team.

"It's just a lot of fun for us this time of the year. Coach (Pitino) has us ready."

It was the 11th straight postseason win for the Cardinals, who are now 27-5 this season. The 61-point victory was the largest margin of victory this season and is the largest since a 104-40 win over Morehead State in 2004.

"This is one of those games where you go to the bar, get a drink and get ready for next year," Pitino said of Rutgers.

The Cardinals are ready for a run.

U of L outscored Rutgers 44-5 in points off turnovers, forcing 26 turnovers in the game. U of L had 38 points in the paint to just 12 for Rutgers and the bench outscored Rutgers 32-31.

The fastbreak points were 30-4 and the Cardinals held Rutgers to 12 of 50 (24 percent), the lowest an opponent has shot against U of L since the early 1990s.

"We played well," U of L assistant coach Kevin Keatts said. "The guys are focused and really locked in. They are not worrying about what the name on the front of the jersey is but just playing and doing what we have to do."

U of L plays Houston on Friday at 7.

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