No. 1 Louisville beats UConn 73-60

No. 1 Louisville beats UConn 73-60

Credit: AP

Louisville's Russ Smith (2) drives to the basket past Connecticut's Tyler Olander during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Hartford, Conn., Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

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by Associated Press

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Posted on January 14, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 14 at 11:00 PM

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Russ Smith scored 23 points and Gorgui Dieng had six points and 16 rebounds and Louisville, playing just hours after it moved to No. 1, used a strong second half to beat Connecticut 73-60 on Monday night.

The Cardinals (16-1, 4-0 Big East) won their 11th straight game and like the others they relied on their star backcourt and pressure defense.

The only other time Louisville was ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press' Top 25 was the final poll of 2008-09. The Cardinals won the national championship in 1980 and 1986 but the AP does not conduct a post-NCAA tournament poll.

The Cardinals are the third team to hold the No. 1 spot this season along with Indiana and Duke and they celebrated the move with the convincing road win.

Omar Calhoun led the Huskies (12-4, 2-2) with 20 points while Shabazz Napier added 12.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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