Thursday, March 15, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Louisville 69, Davidson 62
By Ted Miller
PORTLAND -- Some quick thoughts on No. 4 Louisville's victory over Davidson in a second-round, West Regional game.
Overview: Louisville again donned the "infrared" uniforms that -- clearly -- were the key to their rejuvenated play while winning the Big East tournament. The Cardinals cruised to a 69-62 victory over Davidson. The Wildcats, a high-scoring team that likes to run, weren't able to find their offensive rhythm against at tough Louisville defense. They shot poorly, were off from the free throw line and, in the end, were overmatched by the Cardinals' athleticism. The margin was double-digits most of the second half until a Davidson mini-run closed the gap in the final two minutes.
Turning point: Cardinals center Gorgui Dieng picked up his third foul with 10:15 left in the first half. Not good, right? After a made free throw the game was tied at 16, but Louisville subsequently took an 18-16 lead -- after a frantic possession with multiple chances -- and would never trail again. It was as if Dieng's foul trouble woke Louisville up.
Key player: Louisville guard Peyton Siva had a couple of early turnovers, but he settled down and led the Louisville offense with a team-high 17 points and six assists, shooting 7-of-12 from the field. He also had two steals.
Key stat: Davidson was 4-of-19 from 3-point range (21 percent) and 21-of-60 from the field (35 percent). The Wildcats entered the game hitting 34 percent from 3-point range and 44.9 percent from the field. In the high-powered offense versus tough defense battle, the Cardinals prevailed.
Miscellaneous: Davidson's De'Mon Brooks, the Southern Conference Player of the Year, finished with just five points and five rebounds, in large part due to foul trouble -- he was whistled for his fourth with nearly 11 minutes left in the second half. He was 1-of-7 from the field. He averaged 16 ppg and 6.3 rpg this season. ... Louisville held teams to 62 points per game this year, which perfectly matches the Wildcats' final tally. ... Davidson entered the game averaging 78.4 points per game. ... Jake Cohen led Davidson with a game-high 24 points and 10 rebounds. ... Chane Behanan had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Louisville. ... Davidson finishes its season at 25-8. Louisville improves to 27-9.
What’s next: Louisville next plays Saturday against the winner of the New Mexico-Long Beach State game later today.