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 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Louisville's Zach Price and Stephan Van Treese a week ago spent most of the game watching their teammates play.
Now they're holding down the middle for the No. 5 Cardinals (5-1).
With starting center Gorgui Dieng sidelined until January with a broken left wrist he suffered eight days ago, the two reserves are getting extended minutes.
Price and Treese enter Saturday's game against Illinois State averaging a combined 3.0 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. That's a drop-off from Dieng's 8.2 points and 8.0 rebounds.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino doesn't expect them to replace Dieng, and doesn't want them to try. He hopes that each focuses on creating their own inside niche. Whether they do will likely depend on how much confidence they develop from being in the fray.
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