Louisville rolls past Jacksonville St in return to tourney

Louisville rolls past Jacksonville St in return to tourney

They were all asked about the game, nonetheless, and responded by saying it has little to do with Sunday's matchup. "I would not put us in that ballpark in any way". "He's got a pretty good record in these preps". The last five came after a harrowing plane mishap before they arrived in Washington for the conference tournament. They shoot well from the foul line. And when they were challenged, the Cardinals kept finding answers that got the mostly red-and-black clad crowd on its feet.

Louisville had won seven straight games before losing to Notre Dame in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. Louisville was making its first postseason appearance since 2015 after sitting out last year because of a one-year, school-imposed postseason ban for alleged recruiting violations.

"The game was determined by our inability to rebound the ball". "Their length and their athleticism caused us some problems". Louisville is much bigger and stingier on defense than Oklahoma State, and the Pokes dominated the Wolverines in some aspects. Senior Mangok Mathiang scored 18 points and grabed five rebounds in the first round victory.

When the Cardinals got their defense fixed and Jacksonville State (20-15) flummoxed - the devastating combination quickly turned an interesting contest into a decidedly one-sided affair. Louisville against Jacksonville State racked up 44 of their 78 points in the paint and 24 was of the second-chance variety. With Louisville's press negated by the Wolverine guards, MI pulls off the upset with a 76-70 win.

The Cards started the game sluggish, Jacksonville State opened on an 8-0 run. MI was 11 of 15 on 3s in the second half Friday and finished with 16, the most by a Wolverines' team in NCAA Tourney history. I'm not going to go through my life, though, in torment because of it.

For Louisville coach Rick Pitino, it's always a pleasure and a challenge preparing for a John Beilein-coached team, whether it's MI in the 2013 NCAA Tournament championship game or Sunday's Midwest Regional second-round game in Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Unfazed, Beilein's team - that event's No. 8 seed - defeated No. 9 seed Illinois, No. 1 seed Purdue, No. 4 seed Minnesota and No. 2 seed Wisconsin in the title game before needing 16-of-29 shooting from 3-point range Friday to hold off No. 10 seed Oklahoma State. Nearly all of their production comes around the rim and they aren't going to stretch you out with their shooting ability. Mitchell's first points of the game came with 15:31 left, on two made free throws.

The Gamecocks broke the Louisville press for easy baskets but Adel caught fire. But the future still looks bright.

After 39 seasons on college sidelines as a head coach and four head-to-head matchups with Pitino, Beilien understands his team must be ready for anything and everything in Sunday's second-round game at Indianapolis. "I told [sophomore guard Donovan Mitchell], she's not doing that".

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