LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Louisville Cardinals know that grabbing a few more rebounds could have made the difference against Cincinnati the last time the schools met.
The 11th-ranked Cardinals (22-4, 11-2 American Athletic Conference) vow to be more aggressive on the glass in Saturday’s road rematch in Ohio after the No. 7 Bearcats (24-3, 13-1) outrebounded Louisville 36-25 in their 69-66 victory last month.
Senior forward Stephan Van Treese and redshirt freshman Mangok Mathiang understand that means making bigger contributions if Louisville hopes to forge a first-place tie. While the two have tried to meet those demands all season, trying to fill the void left by Gorgui Dieng’s departure to the NBA, their improved play on both ends of the court has helped the Cardinals win five straight since losing to Cincinnati.