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Pitino earns 600th victory as Louisville crushes Tennessee-Martin

CBSSports.com wire reports

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Rick Pitino took just a moment to savor his 600th college victory Friday night after No. 9 Louisville beat Tennessee-Martin 83-48 in the season opener. The win he's really looking will come when he wins a second national title.

The 59-year-old Pitino won his first at Kentucky in 1996 and is the only coach to take three different schools (Providence, Kentucky and Louisville) to the Final Four. But a return trip to the national semifinals is not his ultimate goal at Louisville.

"I want to win a championship here badly. Badly," said Pitino, now in his 11th season with the Cardinals. "It's not just the Final Four. We have the character, we have the discipline to someday get that done.

"We've just go to keep recruiting the Chane Behanans."

The McDonald's All-American had 14 points and 12 rebounds in his debut for Pitino.

"Because let's face it, when you have freshmen like that there's always the chance you can get to the Final Four and win a championship," the coach said.

Louisville jumped out to an early lead behind the full-court press that has sparked so many of Pitino's victories. Louisville caused 13 first-half turnovers that led to 18 points.

The Cardinals' pressure sparked a five-minute 15-2 run less than four minutes into the game that set the tone and put Louisville up 25-7 with 11:05 left in the first half. The Cardinals forced five of their 21 turnovers during the stretch.

Point guard Peyton Siva said the Louisville pressure wore down the Skyhawks.

"We got them tired and they're a great shooting team," Siva said. "They shot a lot of short shots from 3. It just helped us, getting out on the break."

The Cardinals exhibited another hallmark of Pitino's style: willingness to pass the basketball. Louisville racked up 20 assists on 31 field goals. The Cardinals were fifth in the NCAA in assists last year with 17.4 a game.

"We played very unselfishly and very intense defense. We did an excellent job of sharing the basketball," Pitino said.

Siva had nine assists, one off his career high, and added 10 points. Kyle Kuric finished with 14 points, all in the first half. Kuric's strong start put Louisville, which never trailed, up 47-23 at the half.

Mike Liabo had 15 points and four assists for the Skyhawks.

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Rick Pitino, 59, is the 38th coach in history to win 600 games in his career.   (AP)
Rick Pitino, 59, is the 38th coach in history to win 600 games in his career. (AP)
Tennessee-Martin (0-1)232548
Louisville #9 (1-0) «473683
TNMART:M. Liabo 15 Pts
TNMART:M. Taylor 6 Reb
TNMART:M. Liabo 4 Ast
LOU:K. Kuric 14 Pts
LOU:C. Behanan 12 Reb
LOU:P. Siva 9 Ast

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UT MartinLouisville
Mike Liabo
Kyle Kuric
UT Martin Skyhawks
T. King, F304-130-132210
M. Taylor, F291-42-66134
M. Liabo, G-F275-112-254415
C. Maclin, F243-93-42039
O. Minor, G180-00-00030
C. Richardson, G231-30-03033
J. Washington, F221-50-24312
M. Harris, G150-50-04100
E. York, F80-23-40003
D. Smith, G41-20-01012
P. Mopo, FDid Not Play
T. Smith, GDid Not Play
W. Akinbobola, GDid Not Play
C. Ashcraft, GDid Not Play
G. Love, GDid Not Play
K. Taylor, GDid Not Play
Totals 16-5410-1928111948
Louisville Cardinals
K. Kuric, G-F276-120-052114
P. Siva, G252-75-629110
G. Dieng, C232-32-45246
C. Behanan, F236-62-2121314
C. Smith, G223-60-05407
J. Swopshire, F164-40-05048
R. Smith, G152-81-22127
M. Marra, G142-41-23106
Z. Price, C101-20-31032
A. Nunez, F80-01-23001
E. Justice, G60-00-01000
T. Henderson, G61-30-01013
M. Jackson, G52-20-01005
L. Hancock, FDid Not Play
R. Buckles, FDid Not Play
S. Van Treese, FDid Not Play
W. Blackshear, G-FDid Not Play
Totals 31-5712-2146201883
Ohio Valley
EastConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Morehead St.10-614-16200
Jax. State9-720-15151
Tenn. St.8-817-13161
Tenn. Tech8-812-20277
Eastern Ky.5-1112-19248
WestConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
UT Martin10-622-13164
SE Missouri St.9-715-18274
Murray St.8-816-17230
Austin Peay7-911-19261
Eastern Ill.6-1014-15265

Conference USA
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Middle Tenn.17-131-535
La. Tech14-423-10117
Old Dominion12-619-12136
Western Ky.9-915-17226
UT-San Antonio8-1014-19264
So. Miss6-129-22331
North Texas2-168-22339
Other games
ALB 56 Final
Morg St 63 Final
XAV 74
CLMB 57 Final
UConn 70
JAST 59 Final
Florida 99
MRST 58 Final
Kentucky 108
NULL 33 Final
Michigan 59
Mich St 55 Final
NC 67
NORFL 44 Final
Alabama 64
SE Mo St 68 Final
Missouri 83
Towson 54 Final
Kansas 100
Mt St Mry 37 Final
MU 91
Belmont 76 Final
Wright St 42 Final
Ohio St 73
Oregon 64 Final
Texas So 57 Final
Baylor 77
Cal Irvine 56 Final
California 77
LMU 69 Final
E Wash 69 Final