The Louisville Cardinals played tough and kept it close but in the end nothing was going to stop the Georgetown Hoyas from winning their consecutive Big East regular season title.
In what was a relatively low-scoring game where Louisville (24-7) seemed to control the tempo the entire time, Georgetown hit the shots when they counted most, including a late three-pointer by DaJuan Summers, giving the Hoyas a 55-52 win in Washington and a No. 1 ranking in the Big East Tournament.
The Hoyas withstood the pressure defense from Louisville and were led by freshman Austin Freeman who put in 15 points. Hoyas center Roy Hibbert had 12 point, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks in his final home game as a Hoya.
The Cardinals played their usual stellar defense—getting a season high 14 steals—but their offense was just as bad as their defense was good. Louisville shot just four of 18 from three-point land and 10 for 19 from the free-throw line.
“It was a grind ‘em basketball game,” Coach Pitino said after the game. “We put ourselves in a situation where we could win. It just takes one blunder for you to lose the game in that situation. It was a great game. There were no easy shots. It was a lot of aggressive play out there by both teams.”
Both the Hoyas and Cardinals will look to make a run in the upcoming Big East Tournament—in order for either team to make it far in the NCAA Tournament, they will need as high of a seed as possible.
The reason? I have watched both teams play all year and they have been very inconsistent, if they face tough teams early on in the tournament, look for both teams to make an early exit.