Louisville vs. Notre Dame: Twitter Reaction, Postgame Recap and Analysis
In what was one of the most exciting games in college basketball history, the No. 25 Notre Dame Fighting Irish upset the No. 11 Louisville Cardinals in five overtimes Saturday night in South Bend, 104-101.
With under a minute left in regulation and the Irish down by eight, Jerian Grant proceeded to go off with a trio of three-pointers and a three-point play to force overtime.
And the marathon began.
After four extra frames weren't enough to decide things, Louisville and Notre Dame went to a fifth overtime.
Irish guard Eric Atkins had two huge buckets in the final two minutes of the fifth overtime, which helped Notre Dame gain a two-point advantage with under a minute to play.
The Cardinals had a few chances to tie the game, but a missed jumper and some missed free throws ended their hopes of winning this incredible contest.
Louisville guard Russ Smith had an opportunity to drain the game winner or game-tying shot at the end of each overtime, but was unable to convert. In fact, Louisville had the last look in the fourth quarter as well.
Garrick Sherman, who didn't play until overtime, was no doubt one of the heroes of the multi-overtime game with 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting. When the Irish needed a big bucket, their center was there to make it.
Let's take a look at how Twitter saw this game.
The ESPN Stats & Info team gave us some insight before the game as to just how close the Irish and Cardinals normally play each other, which proved to be foreshadowing:
Louisville at Notre Dame tonight - 4 of the last 5 and 7 of the last 12 games between the Cardinals and Irish have gone to overtime— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 9, 2013
Watching this Louisville vs notre dame and manti te'o is in the house! Brought his girl too she was looking rough. Lol— Ben Revere (@BenRevere9) February 10, 2013
This game was no doubt a "blink and you'll miss it" contest, and Matt Jones of KentuckySportsRadio.com agreed:
Wow. Louisville up 7 with 42 seconds left and Notre Dame sends it to Overtime— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) February 10, 2013
The incredible excitement of this game is exactly what college basketball is all about, as Myron Medcalf of ESPN.com stated:
I guess I shouldn't be surprised anymore. Wow. Notre Dame-Louisville. ... Gotta love college basketball.— Myron Medcalf (@MedcalfByESPN) February 10, 2013
The Not SportsCenter account gave football fans a great way to pass the time until the season starts:
If you're anxious for football season to come back, put on Louisville vs Notre Dame, because by the time it ends it will be back.— NOT SportsCenter (@NOTSportsCenter) February 10, 2013
ESPN Stats & Info explained just how improbable Jerian Grant's performance was at the end of regulation:
Jerian Grant just fouled out. In first 39 minutes, he was 0-6 FG for 6 pts. In the next 4 minutes, he had 13 points on 4-5 FG. #ULvsND
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 10, 2013
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