by Steve Carney / 620 WDAE
The USF Bulls got a great test Wednesday, as the defensing NCAA champion and 12th ranked Louisville Cardinals came to the Sun Dome. Unfortunately, Rick Pitino's squad showed just how far Stan Heath's bunch need to go to get to the top of the American Athletic Conference.
Five Cardinal players scored in double-figures, as Louisville tied the young conference record for margin of victory, defeating the Bulls 86-47.
Louisville busted the game open early, going on a 23-5 run that turned a 4-4 game early into a 27-9 lead with just over eight minutes to play in the first half.
USF tried to rally, getting back to 32-17, but thanks to ten first half turnovers, Louisville pulled away to a 45-22 lead at the half.
Louisville continued the onslaught in the second half, starting the half with a 7-0 run while the Bulls turned over the ball five times in the first four minutes.
No Bulls players finished with double-digits in points. Freshman Chris Perry finished with eight points, while Victor Rudd and Zack Leday finished with six each.
Will Blackshear paced the Cards with 16 points, while Montrezl Harrell finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
USF (10-9, 1-5 in conference) next gets on the court Sunday, when they travel to Memphis for a matchup with the 23rd ranked Tigers.