Pitt-Louisville Overtime Thriller: Three Key Factors and the Implications They Have on the Future

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Pitt-Louisville Overtime Thriller: Three Key Factors and the Implications They Have on the Future

After an emotional 82-77 win against the Louisville Cardinals at "The Pete" in Pittsburgh, the Panthers improved to a strong 15-2 overall record, and 5-0 in Big East play.

Villanova is the only other Big East team yet to sustain a loss.

If you enjoy tough and physical play, or "blue-collar basketball," this game did not disappoint. Two teams battling back and forth, delivering blow after blow. When either team began to gain momentum the other team weathered the storm. The biggest lead of the game was a mere six points!

The Cardinals came into the 'Burgh looking for their heralded program's 1,600 career victory, and left with a look of uncertainty and disappointment. A look of disbelief. How could they blow this game?

They had a five-point lead with under 90 seconds to play!

One of the few bright spots for the Cardinals was the impact of their bench players. They outscored Pitt's bench 28-6, highlighted by sophomore Preston Knowles 21 points, shooting an impressive 5-7 from three-point land.

Their feared press was non-existent, only creating three turnovers.

There were three key factors that helped the "Baby Panthers" handle the adversity thrown at them by Louisville.

These three keys to the game have major implications on Pitt's 2009-2010 campaign.

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