If the nation's top-ranked team is allowed to have a fear entering the NCAA Tournament, it would be this: The offense dries up during a win-or-go-home game, as their terrific outside shooters have a rough night all at once.
The tournament will open with No. 12 seed Boston College meeting 13th-seeded Georgia Tech at noon ET Tuesday. That it came against a Seminoles team that was in and out of the top 25 during the regular season also fortifies Louisville's NCAA tournament profile.
UCLA (21-10, 11-7) vs.
Just don't tell that to the Seminoles, who arrived here in NY late Monday insisting that they don't pay much attention to "bracketology" and believing that they still have work to do to enhance their Big Dance credentials.
The Louisville Athletics Association (LAA) voted to remove Pitino "with just cause" before the start of the season amid a federal investigation.
Friday evening winners (ESPN/ACC Network), 8:30 p.m. Ky Bowman tied the game at 68 with just a minute left in the contest, but while the Tigers shot a flawless 6-for-6 from the foul line down the stretch, the Eagles went just 1-for-5 from the field.
The Bruins are leaning on leading scorer Aaron Holiday, who scored 34 points and had eight assists against the Cardinal. In 18 ACC games, the Cavaliers held opponents to an average of 53.1 points per game.
"I think the last two weeks of the season, we really improved, just mentally improved", Christian said. The Tar Heels were the only higher-seeded team to win their game.
PJ Savoy and Phil Cofer each connected on three 3-point shots in the second-half as the Seminoles pulled as close as six points after trailing by 26 with 11:35 to play. Louisville finished the regular season losing four out of their final five games.
Kentucky (-4) over Georgia: While the Bulldogs play their third game in three days, the Wildcats begin their quest for a fourth straight SEC Tournament title.
The Louisville-Virginia basketball game will be streaming on WatchESPN.
While it seems likely Virginia, Duke, Miami and Clemson have the best chance of reaching the finals, don't count out fifth-seeded North Carolina State or sixth-seeded North Carolina. The Cavaliers defeated Louisville for the third time this season. They should easily come out on top in the quarterfinal game, and if there are no major upsets in that round, the Cavs will face Clemson in the semifinals.
The seeding numbers and locations may shift and vary, but Florida State's spot in the tournament seemingly does not. "They're a good team, they're going to make runs".
Will the Cavaliers throttle another ACC foe and cover the number, or will the Tigers push the game to the wire?