UofL BASKETBALL | Cardinals drop quarterfinal matchup to Duke in ACC tournament
03/09/2017 03:44 PM
The Louisville Men’s basketball team had Duke right where they wanted them, down by double digits in the second half. But the Blue Devils managed a late surge on the three point shooting of Jayson Tatum and Luke Kennard, and came back to beat the Cardinals 81-77 in the quarterfinal game of the ACC Tournament.
It took a few minutes for the Scoring to pick up between no. 4 seed Louisville and no. 5 seed Duke. The Teams combined for five points for the first five minutes. Louisville only two points in that time came from free throws.
The two team eventually found their rhythms in the middle of the first half. After missing their first six shots from the floor, Louisville made six of their next seven, and were up by one at the 10 minute mark in the half, 14-13.
The Cards padded their lead with a 7-0 run, before a 3-pointer by Duke’s Frank Jackson got the ball rolling for the Blue Devils. The teams then traded blows for the final stretch of the half, and it was the Duke who entered the break with a 39-37 lead.
Louisville opened the second half with 11 points in the first three minutes, and jumped out to a 12 point at the 13 minute-mark. But Donovan Mitchell found himself on the Louisville bench after picking up four personal fouls, and Duke came roaring back.
The two teams were tight down the stretch, with Duke barely ahead. Less than a minute to play, the Cards were down three points, and Quentin Snider shot a questionable three pointer to try and tie, but as he tried to draw a foul, he missed the shot and Louisville did not have enough time to counter.
Louisville head coach Rick Pitino cited free throw shooting as one of the most frustrating parts of the loss. U of L made only 15 of the team’s 26 attempts.
Star sophomore Donovan Mitchell was contained on the offensive end, only managing eight points in the game and saw a very limited role because of foul trouble. His fellow sophomore Deng Adel was the offensive weapon for Louisville, netting a team high 21 points.
The loss ends Louisville’s ACC Tournament appearance. The program is now 0-2 all-time in ACC Tournament games since joining the league three seasons ago. The Cards now wait until Sunday night to see what seed they will be in the NCAA tournament.
Duke now moves on to play North Carolina in the ACC Tournament semifinals tomorrow night.