Louisville head coach Rick Pitino said his 12th ranked Cardinals didn’t want to take 25th ranked Marquette lightly.
Based on their performance, it would appear the players listened. Russ Smith scored 18 points and Louisville shot 52% from the field, running away from the Golden Eagles
The Cardinals finished 27 of 52 from the field after an 0-for-8 start and held the Golden Eagles to 36% shooting (19 of 53). They also grabbed the rebound battle 38-26.
Vander Blue had 17 points and Trent Lockett 16 for the Golden Eagles, who have dropped two of their last four games.
The Golden Eagles fell back into a tie with Syracuse atop the Big East standings at 6-2. They’re 15-5 overall.
Next up for Marquette, a trip to South Florida on Wednesday.