This was a back and forth game like almost every game this tournament, at least for the first half. In the beginning of the game the Cardinals seemed to be just ahead of Northern Iowa but never out of reach. The second half was a different story though as Louisville never lost the lead. Even after their offense stalled for minutes at a time they worked through it to hold off the Panthers, 66-53.
The Louisville versus UC Irvine showdown was definitely one of the most back and forth games of the tournament so far. The largest lead the entire game was only seven points. With six ties and nine lead changes, the game ended with a one-and-one foul opportunity for Louisville’s freshman Quentin Snider who sunk both attempts and sealed the deal for the Cardinals ticket to the next round.
When looking at this year’s NCAA March Madness Tournament bracket, it’s hard not to automatically think Kentucky versus the field. Well … take these facts into consideration:
- Indianapolis has hosted the Final Four seven times in the past and Kentucky has been in attendance one time … and lost.
- The ACC has six teams in the field this year with an average seed of a little over 3.5. Yes, one conference with basically six 4-seeds.
- The ACC has teams distributed in all four regions of the bracket.
Here is why the Final Four in Indianapolis could be an ACC Tournament, Round 2.