Louisville led by 8 at halftime, and held that lead for much of the game. However, when Michigan took the lead 53-51 with 8:54 remaining, their first lead since 4-2, they didn’t look back. Michigan continues their magical run by defeating 2-seed Louisville 73-69.
Louisville was led by Donovan Mitchell’s 19 points. Deng Adel added 16 points, also. Mangok Mathiang finished his Louisville career with 13 point performance. Transfer Tony Hicks also ended his Louisville career today, he scored 7 points in useful minutes. Fellow Senior David Levitch played sparingly, he finished with 1 rebound. Thank you to the seniors for a great season.
After defeating 15-seed Jacksonville State by 15 on Friday, 2-seed Louisville faces a 2nd round opponent that’s playing as well as anyone in the nation in the Michigan Wolverines. The 2013 Championship game rematch will tip-off in Indianapolis at 12:10 on Sunday, the game can be seen on CBS.
Michigan defeated 10-seed Oklahoma State 92-91 on Friday, thanks in large part to shooting 16-29 from 3-point range. After a mediocre regular season, the Wolverines went on an improbable run through the Big 10 tournament winning against Illinois, Purdue, Minnesota, and Wisconsin in the championship. The Wolverines are a dangerously confident and hot shooting team right now, but they haven’t played a team as defensive-minded as Louisville in this stretch aside from a different style of defense in Wisconsin. 16-29 is scary good and while some of the threes were shot-clock beating daggers, it’s a different story when every shot is contested. Louisville will have to do a better job of defending the perimeter or take their chances with a team that is shooting as good or better than anyone in the nation.
Well, against most of the nation’s wishes (*cough cough* Lunardi and Jerry Palm), Louisville has drawn the No. 2 seed in the Midwest region.
Louisville will face former WKU head coach Ray Harper’s Jacksonsville State in the opening round. Michigan is the 7-seed pitted against the 10-seed Oklahoma State Cowboys. The 3-seed is Oregon, who fell a seed line after losing senior Chris Boucher to a torn-ACL. Purdue is the 4-seed and Kansas is the No. 1 seed in the Midwest region.
This really couldn’t have been a better draw for the Cardinals. A 2-seed and the 3-seed being Oregon without their shot-blocking big man is more than anyone could have asked for. Now the Cards have to take care of business, let the Madness ensue.
Also, cool stat, the only 2 times Louisville has been a 2-seed? 1980 and 1986, anyways, carry on.
With a Saturday night game on tap for the Cardinals, there is plenty of opportunity for fans to watch around the college football world and hope for some falling down in front of them.
Wake Forest at #5 Louisville (7 PM, ESPN2)
Favorite: Louisville by 35
Here are the times & channels for this weeks games of interest pertaining to Louisville & their chances at making the CFP. First up:
#7 Louisville at Boston College
Odds: Louisville by 25
I found out this week that Patty Ice is kinda like Bud Ice. I will take your word on it Bbn. The Cardinals take out their frustrations on BC and Pat Ice. 35-13
If Saturday’s homecoming matchup against NC State isn’t enough for you, we’ve got another slate of games for you to watch with the playoff bid still alive. Here’s what we have suggested.
Miami at Virginia Tech (Tonight, 7:00 pm, ESPN)
In all likelihood, the winner of this will settle the ACC Coastal Division. If Virginia Tech wins, it will likely narrow the race down to the Hokies and Pittsburgh, who will have their turn with the Panthers next Thursday. If Miami wins, it’ll be down to the Tar Heels and Panthers. Plus, Thursday nights in Blacksburg are always fun to watch. Isaiah Ford (VT) and Stacy Coley (Miami) are two explosive playmakers that can make this game fun to watch.
BYU at #14 Boise State (Tonight, 10:15 pm, ESPN)
In a rare doubleheader of college football, Boise State has a rare spotlight game against a competitive BYU football team. With the Broncos eyeing another New Year’s Six bowl bid, this is a key game in their schedule to help their chances of beating out the likes of Houston and Western Michigan. QB Mark Rypien and WR Thomas Sperbeck are a solid QB/WR duo for the Mountain West. Taysom Hill, who has seemingly been at BYU for 1,000 years, returns to his home state in what has become one of the better rivalries out west.
#1 Alabama v. #6 Texas A&M (Saturday, 3:30 pm, CBS)
For those going to the homecoming game (or watching on ESPN Saturday), this is the game to watch Saturday afterwards. This will either solidify Alabama as an overwhelmingly dominant, all-but-given, SEC West champion (unless Auburn or LSU pull off a wild upset), or have the SEC West wide open with a shocking A&M win. Trevor Knight already beat Alabama once in the Sugar Bowl in 2014, will he join Chad Kelly as the only QB to topple Saban’s Tide twice in the last five seasons?
Kentucky v. Mississippi State (Saturday, 7:30 pm, SEC Network)
You might say you’re better off watching other games as rival fans, and what I’ll say may surprise a lot of you. But, if Kentucky can get bowl eligibility by winning three games against Mississippi State, at Missouri and Austin Peay, that can help Louisville’s strength of schedule. And if Louisville wins out, that will certainly help their argument for the CFP as an at-large bid. On top of Syracuse upsetting the Hokies last week, Louisville’s overall strength of schedule is trending up as of late. This is also a must-win for head coach Mark Stoops, who suddenly has three very winnable games to finally get Kentucky bowl eligible.
#2 Ohio State at Penn State (Saturday, 8:00 pm, ABC)
Another week, another demanding road test for the Buckeyes as they go from Wisconsin to Happy Valley in back-to-back weeks. The Buckeyes have been tested many times at Penn State the last couple of years, and Saquan Barkley (Penn State) is one of the best running backs in the conference. James Franklin is still lacking a marquee win as the Nittany Lions’ head coach, and is likely under pressure to either get a huge win or at least make it competitive.
#10 Wisconsin at Iowa: Noon ESPN (Wisconsin by 3)
TCU at #12 WVU: 3:30 ABC (WVU by 6)
Illinois at #3 Michigan: 3:30 Big10 Network (Michigan by 36)
Purdue at #8 Nebraska: 3:30 ABC (Nebraska by 24)
Oregon State at #4 Washington: 6:30 Pac12 Network (Washington by 37)
The fine people at Athlon’s have put out their list of top duos for College Basketball/Football Head Coaches.
1. Michigan State
Football: Mark Dantonio
Basketball: Tom Izzo
Here’s what makes up an elite coaching tandem: In four of the last five seasons, the football team has reached a major bowl (two Cotton Bowls, a Rose Bowl and Capital One Bowl) in the same season the basketball team reached the Sweet 16 or better. Since Jan. 2014 alone, Michigan State has accounted for:
• A Rose Bowl win and Big Ten football championship,
• An Elite Eight appearance and Big Ten tournament championship,
• A Cotton Bowl win,
• A Final Four and
• A College Football Semifinal appearance and Big Ten title.
Shock. That’s what most of CardNation including myself felt when Louisville was announced the 4 seed in the Midwest bracket. A bracket that will go down as one of the all time hardest including 3 of last years final four (Louisville, Wichita St., and Michigan) and the Cards hated rival Uk. Every analyst on ESPN and CBS last night went out of their way to talk about the difficulty of this bracket BUT after the dust settled and the shock wore off I have come to a conclusion……the Cards got a pretty good draw.