Louisville has won 10 consecutive games against Pittsburgh, but none of those victories approached the one-sidedness of Tuesday night's contest in the Steel City.
The Cardinals made 12 three-pointers, shot 58.2 percent from the floor, and laid a 106-51 beatdown on Pitt that was the second-worst defeat in the history of Panther basketball. The only loss that trumped it was a 93-point loss to Westminster all the way back in 1906.
The backcourt combination of Donovan Mitchell and Tony Hicks allowed Louisville to race out to an early lead. Hicks successfully probed the Pitt defense and either converted on lay-ups or dished assists to big man Anas Mahmoud. Mitchell, meanwhile, lit up the Panthers from the outside. The sophomore who played perhaps his worst game of the season over the weekend against Florida State, bounced back with a career-high 29 points on 9 of 13 shooting, including 6 of 8 from beyond the arc.
For Pitt, the evening represented the low point of a losing streak which has now been stretched to five games. The Panthers, who were receiving votes in the AP poll at multiple points earlier in the season, now find themselves tied for last in the ACC standings with a 1-6 record.
Louisville's 10 game winning streak over Pitt means that they only power conference team they have a longer active winning streak over is Virginia Tech (11). The Cards also own the distinction of having won six games in seven tries inside the Petersen Events Center, a building where Pitt has only lost 39 times over 14 years.
What an absolute ass kicking. That was tremendous.
Field goals made: 39 to 13. Unbelievable.