LOUISVILLE — Gorgui Dieng posted his second double-double in a row Saturday as Louisville overwhelmed Fairleigh Dickinson 80-58.
Dieng, a 6-foot-11, 235-pound sophomore from Senegal, finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds in just 22 minutes of play. Half of his rebounds came on the offensive end as the fifth-ranked Cardinals improved to 9-0.
"Gorgui's playing very good basketball," Coach Rick Pitino said. "I think our guards are hurting Gorgui because they keep getting beat and he keeps having to rotate. And if your guards keep getting beat, he's going to get in foul trouble. Now you're playing a team like Memphis, that all they do is drive. They're very athletic."
Memphis comes calling on the Cards next Saturday.
"I think we execute well on offense," said Dieng, who shot 5-for-7 from the field and 4-for-4 at the free-throw line. "We need to pick it up on defense, try to contain the ball more."
U of L, winning its 17th in a row at home, was led in scoring by Kyle Kuric with 18. The 6-4 senior got a pre-game pep talk from Pitino.
"He just said 'I don't want to come in here at halftime and see zero-zero-one-zero, blah, blah, blah,'" Kuric said. "'So I want you to fill the stat sheet like T-Will and get involved.'"
Emulating former versatile Card star Terrence Williams, Kuric added six rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block, with no turnovers.
Peyton Siva just missed a double-double, notching 16 points and nine assists. Siva has five straight games with at least five assists and, over his last two games, has 17 assists to three turnovers.
The 17 straight home wins tie for 10th-longest streak in school history and is nine shy of the school record. The 9-0 start is U of L's best since opening 10-0 in 1996.
Former U of L reserve George Goode, using his final season of eligibility as a graduate student, led Fairleigh Dickinson with his third consecutive double-double. The 6-9, 230-pounder had 17 points and 12 rebounds, playing 39 minutes.
When he left the game, he was treated to a standing ovation by many of the 20,287 fans in the KFC Yum Center.
"The fans really showed a lot of love," Goode said. "My team came out and played as hard as we could. It felt good."
The Knights (1-8), picked last in the 12-team Northeast Conference, completed a winless six-game road trip.
Goode played the last five minutes of the game minus a tooth, courtesy of Louisville freshman Zach Price.
"I went for the rebound and Zach elbowed me," Goode said. "I felt it, it hurt. I went to take it out at the timeout and I noticed my tooth was still in the mouthpiece. It was fake anyway."
Melquan Bolding, 5-for-10 from three-point range, led FDU with 23 points.
After Goode got loose for a dunk to open the scoring, the game was all U of L.
"For the first seven or eight minutes, we attacked the zone with awesome shots," Pitino said. "Very, very active and dribble-penetrating, moving the basketball. It was a good game in terms of that we got people some minutes that don't normally get minutes.
"It was good for us to go against a zone. I'm really happy for George Goode, that he's getting all these minutes and playing this well. He had a terrific game tonight."
Siva drove through the zone to score U of L's first four points. Adding a free throw and a three-pointer, he had eight of the Cards' first 13 points.
"I think we played OK today. It wasn't our best effort," Siva said. "We have a lot to work on on defense. ... We've got to work on boxing out, getting to the glass, getting loose balls."