Cards crush Pitt in bounce-back win

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Quentin Snider scored 19 points to lead Louisville to a 77-51 victory over Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.

In the Cardinals' Atlantic Coast Conference opener, they quickly erased any taste left over from their 90-61 loss to Kentucky on Friday. Louisville (11-3) used a 17-0 run to take a 28-12 lead with 7:48 left in the first half and led by at least 11 points the rest of the way.

The Cardinals shot 50 percent from the floor, the third time this season they made at least half of their shots. Deng Adel added 12 points for Louisville, which had four players score in double figures.

The Panthers (8-7, 0-2) made five of their first six baskets then missed their next eight as the Cardinals pulled away. Held to a season-low in points for the second straight game, Pittsburgh made just four of its final 17 shots in the first half and shot just 35 percent overall.

Parker Stewart led the Panthers with 12 points.

The Panthers, who have 11 new players on the roster, are still trying to find an identity midway through the season. On Tuesday, coach Kevin Stallings employed his 11th different starting lineup of the season by starting five freshmen. Part of that is due to an injury to senior forward Ryan Luther, who missed his fifth straight game with an injured right foot.

The Cardinals did indeed recover a bit from their lopsided loss at Kentucky on Friday, but questions remain about this team's ceiling. In particular, Louisville hasn't beaten a team currently rated in the top 100 of the RPI. Louisville has plenty of opportunities ahead during the next month as nine of its next 10 opponents are in the top 100.

Louisville goes on the road for their next two games, with both opponents currently ranked. First up will be a trip to No. 25 Clemson on Saturday followed by a visit to No. 24 Florida State on Wednesday.