LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville men’s basketball team is making a trip to the Sweet 16 for the second-straight year and 19th time in program history.
Louisville have won 12 games in a row and will be looking to seal its 13th straight win against an Oregon team determined to create another upset.
And what an upset this would be!
The game against the No. 12-seed Oregon is scheduled to tip on Friday, March 29, at 7:15 p.m. ET on CBS. The television broadcast crew consists of Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Clark Kellogg (analyst), and Tracy Wolfson (reporter).
The game also is available on WHAS 840 AM, with Paul Rogers (play-by-play) and Bob Valvano (analyst) calling the action.
Last time out, Louisville, who are also the top overall seed in the NCAA March Madness tournament, improved its record to 4-1 against No. 8 seeds after defeating Colorado State, 82-56, on March 23. The Cardinals outrebounded the Rams, who entered the game ranked No. 1 nationally in rebounding margin, 29-24.
Louisville also forced Colorado State into a season-high 20 turnovers, marking the 15th time this season the Cardinals have forced an opponent into 20 or more turnovers. Offensively, Louisville shot 56.4 percent from the field and knocked down 83.3 percent of their free-throw attempts.
Individually, Russ Smith led all scorers with 27 points on 7-of-15 shooting and was one of three starters to finish with double-figure points. Montrezl Harrell came off the bench to add 11 points and four rebounds.
Reserve Kevin Ware also had a productive time off the bench, totaling four points, five assists, and two steals in 17 minutes. Greg Smith led Colorado State with 14 points.
Oregon (26-8), which is making its 11th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, advanced to the third round after upsetting fifth-seeded Oklahoma State and the Ducks reached the Sweet 16 by beating No. 4-seed Saint Louis.
In the 74-57 victory over the Billikens, Damyean Dotson led Oregon with a game-high 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including five of the team’s eight 3-pointers. E.J. Singler and Carlos Emory each scored 14 points in the win, and the Ducks shot 52.8 percent from the field.
Defensively, Oregon held Saint Louis to just 37.7 percent shooting, while limiting them to only 19 first-half points. Kwamain Mitchell had 18 points to lead Saint Louis, which forced Oregon into 18 turnovers.
The Ducks are under the direction of third-year head coach Dana Altman, who has led the program to a 73-36 mark. Oregon earned the Pac-12 Conference’s automatic bid after winning its third conference tournament. The Ducks beat UCLA 78-69 in the championship game.
For the season, Singler has a team-best 11.6 scoring average, while Dotson and Emory also are both averaging 11 points per contest. Arsalan Kazemi ranks first on the team and 16th nationally with a 9.9 rebounding average.