Louisville Wins The Game, Loses The Coin Flip

03/08/2014 06:51 PM

The focus of the game on UofL’s senior day was to wear out UConn, and the Cards certainly did that, demolishing the Huskies 81-48.

“Our conditioning is superb. Our defense was great,” head coach Rick Pitino said. “We had two guys with double figure rebounds. With the defense tonight, it was pretty special.”

UConn shot just 29 percent from the field, and the Cards held guard Shabazz Napier to just 9 points.

All four seniors started for their last game at the Yum! Center. While Russ Smith only scored 3 points, he dished out 13 assists, including a nifty behind the back pass to Montrezl Harrell for a dunk to put the Cards up 62-38. Stephan Van Treese wiped the glass clean, grabbing 13 rebounds for the Cards. Luke Hancock scored 16 points and had 3 boards. Tim Henderson’s final stat line was 2 points, 1 assist and 1 rebound.

Louisville ends the regular season 26-5, capturing a share of the AAC regular season championship. Determining the number one seed in the conference tournament got a little complicated. UofL and Cincinnati split their regular season series, so neither school won the tiebreaker on head-to-head match-ups. Next, the AAC looked at each team’s record against the third place team. Memphis, UConn and SMU tied for third, all with a 12-6 conference records. Both UofL and Cincinnati have the same 4-2 record against all three third place teams.

So the AAC resorted to a coin flip to determine the number one seed. Louisville lost the coin flip and will face the winner of the USF-Rutgers game on Thursday at 3 p.m. ET. The good thing about losing the coin flip and settling for the second seed? The only teams in the conference to beat UofL are on the other side of the bracket. UofL wouldn’t meet Cincinnati or Memphis until the championship game.

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