LOUISVILLE, Ky.(AP) -- Rakeem Buckles scored 17 points and Louisville christened its new downtown arena with an 88-73 upset of No. 16 Butler on Tuesday night.
Terrence Jennings added 13 points and eight rebounds while Elijah Justice and Preston Knowles added 12 points each as the Cardinals withstood a late surge by the Bulldogs to open the KFC Yum! Center with a win.
Shelvin Mack tied a career-high with 25 points for Butler (1-1) and Matt Howard had 23 points and nine rebounds, but the Bulldogs shot just 35 percent from the field and couldn't overcome a 24-point deficit.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino has called this a "bridge year" for the Cardinals, who lost three starters to graduation, one to the NBA and another to injury.
He's said he's not sure when the Cardinals will reach the other side, but they took a couple of tentative steps against Butler.