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Louisville runs past North Carolina State 85-60 to move to 18-4 on the season and 6-3 in the ACC

Louisville runs past North Carolina State 85-60 to move to 18-4 on the season and 6-3 in the ACC.

Another ACC game for the University of Louisville and another blowout.

The Cardinals had a 12-point lead at halftime and rolled to an 85-60 win over North Carolina State at the KFC Yum Center.

Louisville is just one of three teams in the Associated Press top 14 that didn't lose a game this week. The Cardinals beat Pittsburgh 106-51 on Tuesday night and now have a record of 18-4 and 6-3 in the ACC.

MVP of the game

Rick Pitino said it was David Levitch but I'll go again with Donovan Mitchell.

Mitchell has been on fire the last eight games, hitting 30 of 61 three-point field goals, after hitting 6 of 10 from three-point range and 9 of 17 from the field in the blowout of the Wolfpack.

He finished with 28 points after scoring a career-high 29 against Pittsburgh.

The sophomore also had eight rebounds, five assists and two steals.

High marks for Levitch

Let's go with Levitch as the co-MVP after his stellar game in his first career start.

The senior walk-on had six points, three assists, two steals and two rebounds in 24 minutes.

Levitch was all over the floor, diving for several loose balls, and saved two possessions for the Cardinals while diving out of bounds.

"He never lets me down," Rick Pitino said of Levitch.

Three-pointers

*****Mangok Mathiang came off the bench and hit 7 of 9 three-point field goals. He finished with 14 points and five rebounds in 25 minutes.

*****The Cardinals had 19 assists on 30 made baskets, picking up an assist on nine of their first 10 baskets of the game. Mitchell led the way with five, while VJ King and Deng Adel had three assists each.

*****The Cardinals hit 30 of 60 from the field, including 12 of 24 three-pointers. U of L was also 13 of 15 from the free-throw line.

A few leftovers

*****Louisville now leads the all-time series 11-9 and has won three in a row. The Cardinals lost to N.C. State at home two years ago before knocking them off in the NCAA Tournament and then won last year in Raleigh.

*****Louisville started the game up 11-2 on the rebounding battle and ended up winning that stat 36-34.

*****It was a solid 17 minutes for VJ KIng, who finished with nine points, seven rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal. King was 2 of 4 from the field and perfect on four free throws.

*****N.C. State was averaging 81.4 point a game but hit just 21 of 56 from the field and 6 of 19 three-pointers.

*****U of L's bench outscored the Wolfpack 33-10.

Quotable

Pitino on the blowout:

"Donovan (Mitchell) is getting a chance to play his normal position, which is point guard, and you always look for a silver lining in any injury, and he's got a chance to work at that, which I think will pay a huge dividend down the road. For some reason, the last ten days or so, our offense has really looked great because of the passing they're doing and the guys looked inside, made plays, looked outside, made threes and it's fun to watch when you see good passing like that."

Up next . . . 

Louisville doesn't have a mid-week game for the first time in conference play. The Cardinals will play at Boston College next Saturday at 4 o'clock and then travel to Virginia the following Monday night.


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