Mr. Final Four - Henderson - does it again

Tim Henderson

With Chris Jones sidelined by injury, Louisville senior Tim Henderson came through again for the Cardinals. He had 12 points and helped U of L blow by Western Kentucky 79-63.

Down a guard due to Chris Jones' recent wrist injury, the University of Louisville men's basketball team was forced to make some adjustments to their rotation in Saturday's win over Western Kentucky.

A familiar face helped fill that void for the Cardinals, and supplied the team with a big lift in doing so.

Tim Henderson, the darling of Louisville's 2013 Final Four win over Wichita State, came off the bench to log 17 minutes and score a career-high 12 points in the team's 79-63 win.

Harkening back to the Final Four performance, in which the walk-on filled in for injured Kevin Ware, Henderson said after the game that being pressed into action on short notice is nothing new to him.

"I'm kind of used to that," Henderson said. "I've done it for four years now, so it doesn't really throw me off that much at all."

The senior's performance supports that claim. Henderson filled the stat-sheet in a variety of ways- Scoring a dozen points by way of four three-pointers, chipping in four assists without a turnover, and earning tallies for a steal and two rebounds.

The outing was by far Henderson's best of the season, but his teammates expressed no surprise about the spark the senior provided in the expanded role.

"He's Mr. Final Four," Luke Hancock said after the game. "We expect him to do that."

"I'm not surprised at all (by Henderson's performance)," Terry Rozier said. "He works very hard in practice. He makes everybody work."

"That's just typical Tim, he's a great competitor, so I'm not amazed at all."

Head coach Rick Pitino had similar words about Henderson, noting his importance to last season's championship run, and stating that he could be a major contributor at a smaller program.

"(Henderson) could go to some of the teams we've played- (College of ) Charleston, Western- and be a major factor in the game," Pitino said.

"He knows how much I appreciate him," Pitino added. "We don't win a national championship without Tim Henderson."

"He's as valuable as any person on our basketball team."

It may not be the Final Four, but Henderson played a big role in helping the Cardinals get a win on Saturday.

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