They couldn't. And the result is an ugly 102-54 loss for Rutgers in the second of the toughest four-game stretch of the season.
"They felt good about themselves they knew that they can overwhelm us a little bit with their pressure --- Hancock for sure," said Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan on WCTC's post-game radio interview.
Louisville (21-4, 10-2) showed no interest in slowing up in the second half despite an insurmountable lead over Rutgers (10-16, 4-9). The loss drops the Scarlet Knights to eighth in the American with Memphis coming to the RAC Thursday.
"I just thought that we just weren't good enough tonight," Jordan said. "I told our team tonight after the game that we have to bring all the positives we can and bring it into Thursday's game … It's one loss. It can't devastate you."
Sophomore Kerwin Okoro was a lone bright spot for Rutgers. Facing a blowout, Okoro logged career highs in minutes and points. He shot 50 percent from the floor with nine points. Juniors Myles Mack and Kadeem Jack scored 10 points apiece to lead Rutgers.