CBB Picks: Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Louisville Cardinals 1/11/17

CBB Picks: Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Louisville Cardinals 1/11/17

No. 14 Louisville overcame a 43-point effort from Pitt senior guard Jamel Artis, holding off the Panthers for an 85-80 win Wednesday in an Atlantic Coast Conference game at the KFC Yum!

After trailing by double digits for almost the entire game, the Panthers went to a 1-3-1 defense early in the second half that slowed the Louisville offense down and helped force the Cardinals into 18 turnovers.

Donovan Mitchell scored 15 points with eight rebounds for Louisville, Deng Adel added 15 points and six boards, while Ray Spalding had 11 points and eight rebounds for the Cardinals, who won two in a row and three in the last four.

Artis racked up a career-high 43 points on only 22 shots, going 15-for-22 from the field and 7-for-13 from the 3-point line. "We played brilliantly in the first half".

"I am real disappointed in the second half defense, real disappointed about the way we attacked the 1-3-1 defense, " said Louisville coach Rick Pitino, who shed his suit jacket and was drenched in sweat afterward.

Despite the recent scoring outbursts, Artis still ranks second on the team, behind Michael Young, with 21.5 points per game. They missed their next two attempts from deep, but Artis added a pair of jumpers to give Pitt a 7-4 lead less than five minutes into the game. "That was more than we could recover from". Louisville is led by its defense, which is giving up just 60.8 points per game.

"The first half, we had a brilliant performance defensively, brilliant performance offensively". The Panthers held Louisville to just four points in a stretch of 5:08, and got within seven points, 71-64, after a 3 from Artis with 3:15 remaining. "Second half, very poor performance from both ends of the floor", Pitino said.

Pittsburgh: Hosts Miami on Saturday to begin a three-game stretch that includes a rematch against Louisville on January 24.

- Pitt coach Kevin Stallings picked up a technical foul in the first half.

ABOUT PITTSBURGH (12-4, 1-2 ACC): Three days after drilling a season-high 13 3-pointers and becoming the first team to score 88 points against Virginia since 2013, the Panthers finished 6-for-19 beyond the arc en route to their second-worst offensive output of the season against Syracuse.

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