Louisville had their game won in an ACC quarterfinal against Duke, but found a way to lose 81-77 when the final buzzer sounded.
Duke outscored Louisville by two points in each half, led by Jayson Tatum and Luke Kennard, who scored 25 and 24 points, respectively. Grayson Allen added another 18 points for the Blue Devils, who advance to face North Carolina in a semifinal game.
Louisville was up by 12 midway through the second half, but when Donovan Mitchell was called for his fourth foul and went to the bench Duke raced back. David Levitch came in and was called for two quick fouls on Allen. Coach Pitino switched him out for Jay Henderson, who didn't see much playing time before Mitchell came back in.
Deng Adel posted 21 points to lead the Cards and Quentin Snider scored 15 points, most of which came in the first half. The rest of the team had trouble scoring.
The Cards struggled to make free throws, making 15-of-26 (57.7%), and left the door open for Duke to come back. When the Blue Devils took the lead U of L took in upon themselves to jack up threes in hopes to comeback, but only made 4-of-21 on the day.
Down low, Louisville dominated. They almost doubled points in the paint against Duke and out-rebounded the Blue Devils by three.
Louisville awaits Selection Sunday to find out their seeding and region.