No. 16 Louisville Defends The Yum! Center, Topping No. 4 Pitt 62-59 In OT

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Pitt vs. Louisville: Cardinals' Rakeem Buckles Out For Year With Torn ACL

Louisville’s 62-59 win over Pitt on Sunday was bittersweet as Rick Pitino told ESPN.com that Cardinal sophomore forward Rakeem Buckles will miss the remainder of the season after tearing the ACL in his right knee.

Buckles injured the knee in the first half of the game Sunday. Pitino initially reported it as a sprain but a further evaluation proved the real extent of the injury. Buckles missed 13 games previously due to a finger injury.

“I’m really, really disappointed for Rak,” Pitino said. "He waited patiently to come back, and now he gets hurt again. I feel absolutely awful for him and the team.

“But we’ve battled adversity all season and we’ll continue to do so, and we won’t let it bother us.”

Visit Card Chronicle for more updates on the injury.

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Pitt Vs. Louisville Final Score: Overtime Upset Raises Pittsburgh's Late-Season Concerns

The Louisville Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Panthers 62-59 in overtime at the KFC Yum! Center, the center that just keeps on supersizing college basketball games with fried overtime side orders. Preston Knowles and Brad Wanamaker traded clutch jumpers with seconds to go to send the game to OT, where Kyle Kuric’s three-pointer early on was just about all the Cards would need.

Remember: Big East basketball. Meaning only nine total points in the extra period, six of them by Louisville. The Cards shot 34.4 percent and won. Are you sure you’re cut out for this, sports fan?

Pitt’s Gilbert Brown led all scorers with 20 points, while Wannamaker added 13 points and 12 boards. Peyton Siva turned out 14 points, followed by Kuric’s 12 points and seven rebounds.

Pitt closes out its regular season with USF and Villanova, while Louisville gets Providence and West Virginia.

For more on this game, Pitt fans should join Cardiac Hill and SB Nation Pittsburgh, while Cards fans should visit Card Chronicles.

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