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.
Advertisement

NCAAB Headlines

NCAAB Top Stories

Thumbnail Xavier vs. Colorado Prediction The Colorado Buffaloes have been a tough home team but can they hang with No. 13 Xavier tonight at 8:00PM ET in Boulder?
Thumbnail Creighton vs. Nebraska Prediction Will Nebraska give No. 10 Creighton a game tonight when the two non-conference teams clash at 8:00PM ET?
Thumbnail Valparaiso vs. Kentucky Pick Will No. 6 Kentucky be able to cover at home as a 20-point favorite against Valparaiso tonight?
Thumbnail East Carolina vs. Virginia Prediction Is Virginia a good bounce-back candidate to win and roll against East Carolina at 7:00PM ET tonight?
Thumbnail Gators chomping through competition Florida has dropped five straight clashes with non-SEC opponents ranked in the top five. But can Mike White’s team rise to the occasion...

NCAAB Team Pages