first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“We played extremely tough and aggressive,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said. “Our defense and rebounding kept us in it. … Every time Louisville made runs at us (our) guys made big plays. Game number one in the Big East, that’s what it’s going to be like.” With Foye and Ray forcing the Cardinals to spread the floor, Villanova reserve center Jason Fraser found enough room to score 13 points on 6-of-6 shooting. Villanova outrebounded Louisville 42-34 and held the Cardinals to 43 percent shooting as the Wildcats continued their best start since 1995-96, when they won their first 11 games of the season. David Padgett led Louisville with 17 points and six rebounds before fouling out with less than 3 minutes to go. Brandon Jenkins and Chad Millard each scored 12 points for Louisville. At No. 6 Illinois 60, No. 7 Michigan St. 50 Dee Brown scored a career-high 34 points and Illinois held Michigan State nearly 33 points below its average to win its Big Ten-opening showdown. The Illini (15-0) extended their home winning streak to 30 games, matching No. 8 Gonzaga for the longest current run in the country. At No. 18 Ohio St. 104, Penn St. 69 Ron Lewis scored 26 points and J.J. Sullinger had 18, and they combined to hit all but one of their 19 shots from the field in the Big Ten opener for both teams. The Buckeyes (11-0), off to their best start in 15 years, shot 63 percent from the field, including 68 percent in the opening half while building a 58-29 lead. No. 24 West Virginia 57, at South Florida 53 Mike Gansey scored 18 points and Kevin Pittsnogle had 16 to lead West Virginia to its seventh consecutive win in the Big East opener for both teams. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville coach Rick Pitino had joked that watching Villanova on tape made him sick. Seeing the third-ranked Wildcats zip by his ninth-ranked Cardinals 76-67 on Thursday night made Pitino dizzy and his players believers about what lies ahead in the Big East. center_img “I don’t think anyone in Louisville knew how tough the Big East and Villanova was before tonight, now they all know,” Pitino said. “Villanova was just a better basketball team.” Randy Foye scored 24 points and Allan Ray had 17 as the Wildcats welcomed Louisville to the Big East by featuring the kind of speed and depth the Cardinals rarely faced during their days in Conference USA. last_img read more