STAR OF THE GAME: Louisville guard Russ Smith was electric from the opening tip, torching the Huskies defense for a game-high 23 points in 33 minutes.

KEY TO THE LOSS: Louisville point guard Peyton Siva sat for the final 16:13 of the first half after picking up his second foul on a Shabazz Napier runout. After re-entering in the second half, Siva sparked a 32-10 second half run that completely reversed the momentum in the opening period.

WORTH NOTING: Freshman Omar Calhoun, who entered the game averaging 5.6 points and shooting 27 percent from the field in Big East play, scored 10 in the first half -- capped by a buzzer-beater that put UConn ahead 34-28. He finished with 20 points, but committed six turnovers, some that proved to be costly during Louisville's 19-5 run. ... Shabazz Napier scored 10 points in the first few minutes, but was locked down for the rest of the game, missing eight consecutive shots. He finished with 12 points on 1-for-7 shooting from deep. His backcourt mate, Ryan Boatright, was equally ineffective, totaling just 11 points. Together, they shot 4-for-14 from 3-point range. ... UConn took a 29-19 lead on a DeAndre Daniels dunk with 4:30 remaining in the first half. Daniels made the steal, and then took it the length of the floor for the jam. ... Louisville dominated in the paint as the night wore on. The duo of Gorgui Dieng and Chane Behanan was far too massive, collecting a combined 25 rebounds. The Cards held a 44-20 scoring edge in the paint and a 36-28 advantage on the boards.

UP NEXT: Saturday at Pittsburgh, noon (ESPN2)