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Louisville rolls over No. 7 Pitt

February 13, 2007

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Louisville's David Padgett, right, shoots over Pittsburgh's Antonio Graves. Louisville rolled, 66-53, Monday in Pittsburgh.

Louisville's David Padgett, right, shoots over Pittsburgh's Antonio Graves. Louisville rolled, 66-53, Monday in Pittsburgh.

— A young Louisville team has improved steadily all season and is in position for a first-round bye in the Big East tournament. Still, coach Rick Pitino couldn't believe what he was hearing about the Cardinals.

Nothing. No buzz. No hype - at least until now.

David Padgett and Derrick Caracter neutralized Aaron Gray inside while Louisville's 2-3 zone defense was taking away No. 7 Pittsburgh's outside shooting, and the Cardinals dominated both halves to rout the Panthers, 66-53, Monday night.

The Panthers (22-4, 10-2 Big East) sustained their worst loss since moving into the Petersen Events Center in 2002, where they had been 78-7. Their worst previous defeat there was 73-64 to Connecticut on Feb. 26, 2005. They hadn't lost by double figures at home since an 81-67 defeat to Georgetown on Feb. 5, 2001.

No. 14 Georgetown 71, No. 23 West Virginia 53

Washington - Roy Hibbert scored 20 points, and Georgetown dismantled a Top 25 team for the second time in three days. The Hoyas, among the Division I leaders in field-goal percentage, shot 58 percent.

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