Louisville Outlasts Oregon in Sweet 16 Clash
Overall No. 1 seed Louisville showed why it earned that ranking by completely dominating No. 12 seed Oregon from the opening tip.
The Ducks refused to submit to the Cardinals’ frantic pace of play for much of the contest, but it was eventually too much to overcome. Oregon put together a number of scoring runs, but Russ Smith and company had more than enough firepower and won 77-69.
Oregon continued to make second-half pushes, but the early deficit it dug itself was the ultimate undoing. Louisville only forced 12 turnovers with its high-pressure defense but still controlled the pace.
Smith led the way with a career-high 31 points and the Cardinals are returning to the Elite Eight yet again. They will play the winner of the Michigan State and Duke clash for the right to go to the Final Four in what will undoubtedly be a much-hyped regional final.
Louisville 77, Oregon 69 FINAL
Louisville controlled the game from the start, but Oregon continued to make late pushes. The Cardinals, behind the impressive efforts of Russ Smith, held the Ducks off and are heading to the Elite Eight.
I'm not ready for the Arsalan Kazemi era for the Oregon Ducks to end.— Addicted To Quack (@AddictedToQuack) March 30, 2013
Russ Smith really stepped up today with Siva in foul trouble all night.
Louisville 76, Oregon 66 (1:24 second half)
Cardinals in the double bonus the rest of the way. All it will take is free throws and it's going back to the Elite Eight.
Oregon just running out of time now.
Oregon has shot nearly 60 percent from the field in the second half but they still cannot get closer than the six-to-eight point range.
Louisville 72, Oregon 64 (3:48 second half)
Again, just when Oregon looks like it is coming back Louisville answers with a basket and a drawn foul. Ducks just cannot get over the hump.
As the Mighty Ducks would say: Quack, quack, quack.
I like Kazemi.Does a lot of grunt work.Doesn't score a ton, but a great effort guy in the paint.Ducks glue guy.— Jerry Palm (@jppalmCBS) March 30, 2013
Kazemi dominating on both ends of the floor right now.
Louisville 68, Oregon 60 (6:13 second half)
And here come the Ducks again. Refusing to quit.
Oregon has responded with a 7-0 run to cut it back to 11.Clock starting to be an enemy though.7:17 left.— Jerry Palm (@jppalmCBS) March 30, 2013
Kazemi may have just had the block of the tournament.
Crippling turnover by the Ducks. Just when it looked like they were climbing back into this one, they turn it over yet again.
A call against Louisville in transition. Alert the presses.
Card fans on their feet. They are loud and everywhere. Place might look deserted for second game if they head out.— Dana O'Neil (@ESPNDanaOneil) March 30, 2013
Louisville 66, Oregon 48 (8:57 second half)
Wow. Just like that Louisville stretches the lead to a basically insurmountable 18 points. Happened in a (Nicky) flash.
Louisville 59, Oregon 48 (10:15 second half)
Singler and Siva trade baskets. Neutral fans in the arena hoping for some type of Duck charge.
Ducks are still struggling with Louisville's full-court press, but they are hanging around. At some point Cardinal fans have to start getting nervous.
Siva 3rd foul. As usual, far away from the basket.— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) March 30, 2013
Louisville 54, Oregon 42 (12:31 second half)
Every time it looks like Oregon is going to climb back in the game, Louisville goes on a four-point spurt. Has to be frustrating for the Ducks.
Lots of angst out there about the refs right now. This from Doug Gottlieb of CBS:
Louisville is better than Oregon, but I'm amazed at the officiating on this game— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) March 30, 2013
Oregon with the worst fast break in the history of organized basketball.
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