Louisville Cruises into Round of 32 with Win over NC A&T
Louisville 79 , North Carolina A&T 48
The No. 1 Louisville Cardinals opened their 2013 NCAA Tournament campaign with a dominant victory over No. 16 North Carolina A&T.
The Cardinals forced 25 turnovers as their full court press suffocated the offense of NC A&T all night.
Russ Smith led the charge on the offensive end for Louisville with a game-high 23 points.
Rick Pitino and company will take on the winner of the game between No.8 Colorado State and No.9 Missouri in Lexington on Saturday.
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Louisville 79, NC A&T 48 (Final)
Louisville 77, NC A&T 44 (1:12 Second Half)
The benches have been cleared for both teams and both coaches are handing some minutes to their walk-ons.
Louisville 75, NC A&T 44 (3:37 Second Half)
You know the game is already over when the broadcasters are using the old "NC A&T had a good season" line.
Louisville 75, NC A&T 44 (4:06 Second Half)
It's all about the young players and walk-ons for the Cardinals now.
A spot in the round of 32 on Saturday has been secured.
Bench emptied except for Blackshear with seven minutes left. Ptiino will save 'em up for Saturday.— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) March 22, 2013
Louisville 75, NC A&T 41 (7:00 Second Half)
Ah, the life of the No. 1 overall seed.
Russ Smith is the first of the Cardinals' starters to exit the ball game.
Louisville 72, NC A&T 41 (7:36 Second Half)
The Cardinals have scored 40 points in the paint and have forced 21 turnovers.
Louisville 70, NC A&T 39 (8:25 Second Half)
All nine Cardinals who have stepped on the court tonight have now scored after Stephan van Treese scores.
Louisville 67, NC A&T 37 (10:55 Second Half)
Louisville fans must be loving the success they are having on their rival's home court in Lexington.
Rick Pitino has called off the full court pressure with his team up by 30 points.
Russ Smith has his schwerve on and shot falling now. Has 20 points.— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) March 22, 2013
Louisville 65, NC A&T 37 (11:54 Second Half)
Russ Smith now with 20 points for the Cardinals, who are easily running away with this game in the second half.
Louisville 60, NC A&T 37 (13:32 Second Half)
Peyton Siva may have found his way onto the highlight reel with his latest spin move and layup.
The Cardinals are shooting 66.7% from the field tonight.
Louisville 56, NC A&T 37 (14:48 Second Half)
The Cardinals' full court press has worked wonders tonight in Lexington.
Turnovers have been a huge issue for NC A&T all night, the count is now up to 18.
Pat Forde on the Cardinals' performance in the second half.
Louisville hasn't played very well since I got out here, but that won't change the outcome.— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) March 22, 2013
Louisville 54, NC A&T 37 (16:08 Second Half)
This has not been the most impressive performance of the season by Louisville but they are doing enough at the moment.
11 turnovers for the Cardinals tonight.
Louisville 51, NC A&T 33 (18:16 Second Half)
Russ Smith gets a turnover for the Cardinals and converts it into a layup.
The Aggies now have 14 turnovers tonight.
Louisville 47, NC A&T 33 (19:28 Second Half)
Austin Witter just picked up his third personal foul for the Aggies.
Second half is underway in Lexington.
Field Goal Percentage: Louisville: 66.7%, NC A&T: 47.6%
Three-Point Percentage: Louisville: 42.9%, NC A&T: 50%
Turnovers: Louisville: 9, NC A&T: 12
NCAA Tournament In-Progress Scoreboard
No. 4 Michigan 30, No. 13 South Dakota State 26 (Halftime)
No. 6 Arizona 16, No. 11 Belmont 14 (7:51 First Half)
No. 5 UNLV 10, No. 12 California 9 (14:18 First Half)
Louisville 47, NC A&T 31 (Halftime)
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