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Harrell leads No. 2 Louisville over Bellarmine

Harrell leads No. 2 Louisville over Bellarmine

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) No. 2 Louisville endured a dreadful shooting night and still managed a 65-46 exhibition win over Bellarmine on Wednesday night.

Freshman Montrezl Harrell had 16 points to lead the Cardinals, who missed their first 17 3-point attempts and finished 1 of 19 from behind the arc.

Luke Hancock made Louisville's lone 3-pointer, with 4:06 to play.

Gorgui Dieng added 14 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks for the Cardinals while Russ Smith had 11 points.

Chris Dowe led Bellarmine with 19 points and 11 rebounds. The Knights advanced to the NCAA Division II national semifinals last season after winning the national championship in 2011.

Bellarmine pulled within five points midway through the opening half but a 17-2 Louisville run provided a 20-point lead on the way to a 32-15 halftime advantage.

Dowe and Vance Hall combined for 15 straight points for the Knights who cut their deficit to 48-35 with 7:50 remaining but would draw no closer.

``I really do think our poor shooting was a product of rushing and just having tired legs from chasing them around,'' Louisville coach Rick Pitino said. ``But most of the night they did a really good job of chasing them around.''

Hancock said the Cardinals had good looks and took good shots.

``They just didn't fall,'' he said. ``If we got those same looks tomorrow, they'd fall.''

Louisville held Bellarmine to 16 of 60 shooting from the field.

``I don't think I've ever been more proud of a team that shot 27 percent,'' Bellarmine coach Scott Davenport said.

Bellarmine offered familiar faces for Louisville fans in a matchup of schools separated by less than 4 miles. Davenport, a former assistant to Pitino, coaches the Knights and shares the bench with former Cardinals star Reece Gaines, a first-year assistant.

Davenport's son, Doug, is Louisville's director of video operations and played four years under his father at Bellarmine.

Pitino will face another former assistant, Steve Masiello, in Sunday's opener against Manhattan and said that's when he'll begin to measure his team.

``I don't put a lot of stock in this game,'' Pitino said. ``I don't put a lot of stock in the Pikeville game. You're just not going to see 6-11 guys chasing 6-foot-1 guys.

``We're going to have handle pressure against Manhattan. They're going to play exactly like we will, in terms of all the pressure and changing defenses. It will be a much better test of how we play.''

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—OTA report, fans excited about young D-line

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—OTA report, fans excited about young D-line

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, May 25, 62 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington

Trades, misses and mistakes explain Redskins' dead cap—This post does a good job of outlining where the Redskins’ dead cap came from. It should be noted that dead cap is a part of the cost of doing business in the NFL and the Redskins have done fairly well managing it this year. Only about a dozen teams have less dead cap on the books than the Redskins $5.2 million. 

Tandler's Take—The best- and worst-case scenarios for the 2018 Redskins—I received some comments saying that my worst-case scenario, a 6-10 finish, is not low enough. Since we’re talking about events that won’t begin to happen for about three and a half months, I can’t really argue with them. But it’s just hard for me to see them dropping more than a game from last year when they were hit harder with injuries than any other team in the NFL. 

Pre-OTAs Redskins player one-liners, defense—An extension for Matt Ioannidis seemed preposterous a year ago, now it seems like a good idea. How many sacks for Lanier? When will Ryan Anderson get his first sack? Plus offensive player one-liners here

Redskins OTA practice report—QB Alex Smith sharp—You can’t tell everything from OTAs, but you can tell some things. Taking another look at this post, I gave a good, detailed look at the session, but I didn’t really mention the overall feel, which was fun and energetic. 

Tweet of the week

Certainly, Derrius Guice is the fan favorite of the rookie class. But the great reaction to this tweet shows that there is plenty of love for Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen, last year’s top pick. 

In 2016, the starting defensive line consisted of Ricky Jean Francois, Chris Baker, and  Ziggy Hood. The top reserve was Cullen Jenkins. They all had their good qualities and made some plays. But Baker was the youngster of the group and he turned 30 during the season. It clearly was a group on the decline. 

Two years later, the picture is quite different. Payne and Allen lead a younger group that will get better over the next few years. Matt Ioannidis, Anthony Lanier, Tim Settle, and Stacy McGee should round out the group. McGee is by far the senior member of the group at age 28. None of the others have celebrated his 25thbirthday yet. 

Fans should perhaps temper their optimism with the knowledge that potential doesn’t always develop into performance. But unlike years past there is something to look forward to. 

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, Facebook.com/TandlerNBCSand follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCSand on Instagram @RichTandler

Timeline  

Days until:

—Minicamp (6/12) 18
—Training camp starts (7/26) 62
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 76

The Redskins last played a game 145 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 107 days. 

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