Injuries haven't stopped Cards

Updated: December 19, 2011, 12:11 PM ET
By Andy Katz

The preseason top-10 ranking had Louisville coach Rick Pitino a bit perplexed.

He wasn't going to complain. But he knew the truth. There wasn't any reason to fully justify the praise at that point.

Now that the fourth-ranked Cards are a legitimate 10-0, despite all but one of the wins coming at home, the top-10 ranking can be justified.

"Three weeks ago we were just surviving and didn't deserve the ranking,'' Pitino said Sunday night. "We barely could practice three weeks ...

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