The most anticipated game of the tournament to date was Duke vs. Louisville. The only Elite 8 match-up that provided the No. 1 and No. 2 seed in the region and were arguably the two best teams in the NCAA tournament.
A highly contested first half seemed to have this game headed in the direction we all thought it would be before it tipped off. A complete battle of two amazing teams with two outstanding coaches.
With Duke down 3 at half, anything could have happened in the second half with the way both teams were playing.
At halftime, Rick Pitino made the necessary adjustments and Mike Krzyzewski’s adjustments just weren’t enough for Duke to move on to the Final 4.
Louisville completely dominated the second half in all aspects of the game. Defensively, the Cardinals were as sound as can be and did not allow Duke to get any uncontested outside shots which is the main stream of their offense.
On offense, Russ Smith was his usual self scoring a casual 23 points. Gorgui Dieng had another monster game with 14 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Peyton Siva also scored 16 points for the Cardinals.
Louisville showed why they were the No. 1 overall seed in this tournament and convincingly earned themselves a spot in the Final Four. If Louisville plays remotely close to the way they played today, no team remaining will have any shot of stopping them from cutting down the nets.
With the inspiration of Kevin Ware, the Cardinals have another spark to lead them towards the title and they won’t take anything less than a national championship.