Aaron Harrison hit a 3-pointer for the go-ahead score with 39 seconds left and Julius Randle made a pair of clutch free throws to lift Kentucky to a 74-69 victory over their in-state rivals.
Russ Smith had 24 points, moving into ninth place on Louisville’s career scoring list, and the seventh-ranked Cardinals throttled Temple 88-66 on Thursday night.
Montrezl Harrell scored a career-high 22 points and No. 13 Louisville built a 30-point first-half lead en route to an 82-58 victory over Temple on Friday night.
No. 7 Louisville stayed undefeated with a 30-7 win over winless Temple on Saturday.
The hoops teams at Louisville and Michigan are used to being overlooked, but that’s hard to do now.
Monday night’s NCAA championship pairs up two teams that aren’t exactly mirror images of each other, but they sure aren’t opposites either.
Even with limited drama—none of the regional finals were particularly thrilling—the NCAA Tournament is a wonderful thing, the perfect blend of fairness and unpredictability.
Russ Smith scored 23 points, Gorgui Dieng had 14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks and top-seeded Louisville beat Duke 85-63 on Sunday to earn a second straight trip to the Final Four.
The Louisville Cardinals put on a defensive clinic, shutting down Colorado State and dominated the Rams 82-56.
The Villanova Wildcats, Temple Owls and La Salle Explorers will all be “going dancing” this week.
Achraf Yacoubou hit the tiebreaking 3-pointer late in the second half to help Villanova upset No. 5 Louisville 73-64 on Tuesday night.