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by: AnthonyP On  Sunday, January 18, 2009

Cardinals Upset PittTotal Pro Sports – The #1 Pittsburgh Panthers lost for the first time this season to the Louisville Cardinals 69-63.  In a game of missed shots and missed opportunities the Panthers some how were still able to stay in the game.  They now fall to 16-1 overall.

The #20 Louisville Cardinals were lead by forward Terrence Williams who scored 20 points and added 7 rebounds and 4 assists.  The Cardinals played amazing defense that last 8 minutes of the game holding the Panthers to only 1-16 from the field in that stretch.

“Give them credit, they beat us,” said Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon, after his team turned the ball over a season-high 20 times against Louisville’s full court pressure. “We played well, they played well. They made shots down the stretch.”

The Cardinals who were ranked 20th in the Nation before this game will definitely move up in the rankings.  They beating #12 Notre Dame and now #1 Pittsburgh.  You can expect them to finish the week probably at #13 overall.  The Panthers on the other hand will definitely fall from the #1 ranking as Wake Forest the only other undefeated team in the Nation will likely take over that spot.

A big blow for the Panthers last night we will just have to see if they are really made to be the team that everyone talks about.  A #1 team will put a loss like this behind them and continue on with their goal of making a splash in the NCAA tournament.




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