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.
With no surprise, Northern Iowa beats Wyoming and advances to the third round of the tournament. Northern Iowa started out strong and led the entire game even though Wyoming had a very impressive run in the second half. The Cowboys still fell short by a final score of 71–54. UNI will go on to play the winner of UC Irvine and Louisville.