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Unlikely heroes carry Louisville to 8th straight win over Pittsburgh

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On a night where leading scorers Trey Lewis and Damion Lee were limited to a combined 13 points, Louisville found answers in the most unlikely of places to knock off Pitt for an 8th straight time and stay in the ACC title race with a 67-60 road victory.

David Levitch came off the bench to score eight huge points, including a 3-pointer in the game's final minutes that broke a 58-58 tie and put the Cardinals ahead for good. Deng Adel also turned in a second consecutive huge performance, carrying U of L offensively during the most critical stretch of the second half and finishing with 12 points to go along with seven rebounds.

He also did this:

It was pretty cool.

So was this:

As fun, exciting and entertaining as this night was, the "man, this is brutal" come down is always waiting right there afterward.

That being the case, here's a list of things that I would do every day for the next year if it meant that Louisville would get to play in the NCAA Tournament.

--Watch three full episodes of Sex and the City

--Eat no candy flavor other than banana

--Run at least one mile

--Listen to no fewer than five songs by artists I've never heard of but who teenagers are very into

--Compliment Brendan Fraser's acting ability on the radio (obviously, only doable on days in which I'm on the radio)

--Not make any DePaul jokes

--Tweet something nice to Dan Dakich

--Wear a suit and tie every time I write a blog post

If that isn't enough for you, NCAA, then I don't know what to tell you. Let the kids play. Punish me.

Here's your final box score:

LOUISVILLE CARDINALS STATISTICS
D. Lee, G 40 3-8 2-5 5-7 0 4 0 3 0 0 0 13
C. Onuaku, F/C 30 5-8 0-0 0-0 0 5 6 2 1 2 3 10
D. Adel, F 29 5-7 1-3 1-2 0 7 1 2 0 0 2 12
J. Johnson, F 16 3-5 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 6
T. Lewis, G 12 0-3 0-1 0-1 0 3 0 0 1 0 2 0
Q. Snider, G 34 6-9 2-4 0-0 1 2 7 3 2 0 0 14
D. Levitch, G 16 3-4 2-2 0-0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 8
D. Mitchell, G 11 1-4 0-1 0-0 1 2 1 1 1 0 3 2
M. Stockman, F/C 9 1-5 0-0 0-0 1 3 1 0 0 1 2 2
J. Henderson, G 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
M. Mathiang, F/C Did Not Play
D. Avare, G Did Not Play
A. Mahmoud, F Did Not Play
R. McMahon, G Did Not Play
R. Spalding, F Did Not Play
TOTALS 27-53 7-16 6-10 4 27 17 11 6 3 16 67
50.9% 43.8% 60.0%

PITTSBURGH PANTHERS STATISTICS
J. Robinson, G 38 4-9 0-2 4-4 0 3 3 0 2 0 2 12
J. Artis, F 34 3-13 2-7 5-6 2 9 1 5 1 0 2 13
M. Young, F 33 5-10 0-2 0-4 2 7 3 3 0 0 0 10
C. Jones, G/F 30 2-4 0-1 2-4 1 1 1 1 0 1 4 6
R. Maia, F 7 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 2
R. Luther, F 28 6-8 2-3 3-3 3 5 1 2 1 1 1 17
S. Jeter, F 11 0-1 0-1 0-0 1 3 1 1 0 0 3 0
C. Johnson, G 9 0-3 0-2 0-0 0 5 0 1 1 0 1 0
S. Smith, G 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
D. Wilson, G 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
A. Nelson-Ododa, F 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
M. Lecak, G Did Not Play
R. Nix, C Did Not Play
J. Milligan, G Did Not Play
R. Seelye, F Did Not Play
Z. Smith, G Did Not Play
TOTALS 21-50 4-18 14-21 9 34 11 14 5 2 17 60
42.0% 22.2% 66.7%