After winning three straight games in impressive fashion, University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino told his team he would find out something about their character in a game on Wednesday night at South Florida.
The No. 12 ranked Cardinals were playing a team they were supposed to beat.
Pitino sure liked what he found out about his team after an 86-47 blowout of the Bulls in the Sun Dome at Tampa, Fla.
"I told them a lot of coming off of three games like that, would let up," Pitino said. "I told them we would find out a lot about the way they went about their business.
"I was real proud of that."
The Cardinals (17-3) were all business, leading 45-22 at halftime and rolling.
Five players scored in double figures for Louisville as the Cardinals hit 30 of 59 from the field, including 12 of 23 three-pointers.
Wayne Blackshear came off the bench with 16 points in 25 minutes, hitting 5 of 6 from the floor - including 3 of 3 on three-pointers.
Luke Hancock added 14 points, while Montrezl Harrell had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Russ Smith added 12 and Mangok Mathiang 10 points.
"We've worked really hard in individuals," Pitino said. "They're getting the fruits of their labors right now and I am excited about that."
Freshman Terry Rozier played in place of the injured Chris Jones for a third straight game and had nine points and five assists. He has 43 assists and just 10 turnovers on the season.
Pitino said his team didn't need a lot of motivation after watching South Florida play Cincinnati last weekend. The Bearcats won just 61-54 in the contest.
"We showed them the whole Cincinnati game and it was anybody's game with two minutes to go," Pitino said. "We told them that we can't play them like Cincinnati played it. We had to wear them out and make them throw the ball away.
"Our guys looked totally focused."