LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Louisville hung its ninth Final Four banner Thursday night and immediately began its pursuit of a higher focus this season: a national title.
Playing their first exhibition, the second-ranked Cardinals beat Pikeville 93-57. Freshman Montrezl Harrell led Louisville with 19 points and 13 rebounds while returning center Gorgui Dieng added 16 points and 12 rebounds.
The Cardinals overpowered the 2010-11 NAIA champions, blocking 10 shots and outscoring the Bears 66-14 in the paint.
Pikeville senior Jamar Briscoe led all scorers with 26 points.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino presented Pikeville guard Elisha Justice his Final Four ring before the game. The former Kentucky Mr. Basketball transferred from Louisville this offseason to be closer to his eastern Kentucky home but did not play due to a left knee injury.

NCAAB Headlines

NCAAB Top Stories

Thumbnail Bridges staying, MSU now favored With the announcement of Miles Bridgesreturning to Michigan Statenext season, the Spartans have now emerged as the favorite to win the NCAA Tournament...
Thumbnail 2018 NCAA Championship Odds The NCAA Tournamentfor 2017 concluded last night, so now it’s time to take a closer look at what the 2018 Tournament may produce.
Thumbnail Gonzaga vs. UNC Prediction Will Gonzaga pull off the small upset tonight when it takes on North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament Championship Game at 9:20PM ET?
Thumbnail Tournament MOP Odds With the NCAA Tournamentdown to its final game, here is a look at which North Carolinaand Gonzagaplayers are among the favorites to win Most Outstanding...
Thumbnail NCAA Title Game Over/Under Prediction Will tonight's Gonzaga and North Carolina NCAA championship game at 9:20PM ET be high-scoring for bettors?

NCAAB Team Pages