Elite! Louisville defeats Oregon State in the Sweet-Sixteen, will face off in tough Elite Eight matchup
--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson
The Louisville Cardinals are officially Elite.
After defeating Oregon State 61-44, in a rematch of last year’s Elite Eight matchup in Lexington, the Louisville Cardinals have an opportunity to play for a spot in the Final Four. The next game will not be easy, though.
Friday’s game, on the other hand, was interesting. In some parts, the offense clicked, In others, defense took over. Louisville still maintained shooting over 40 percent from the floor and beyond the arc. Oregon State hit just 30.4 percent, and made just two threes out of 22 attempts.
Louisville’s defense helped tremendously. State scooped up eight more rebounds than Louisville.
The Cardinals led 21-15 at the end of the first. Louisville had an 11-2 run early in the period. Sam Fuehring scored eight points. Asia Durr had six.
Neither team scored more than 10 in the second period. Louisville went scoreless for the last five minutes. The score at halftime was 30-23 in favor of Louisville.
It took almost three minutes for the offense to get going again in the second half. When it did, Louisville outscored Oregon State on a 7-1 run. Louisville held State to just five points. The Cardinals finished on an 8-0 run.
The fourth was even, almost. Louisville won it, however, 17-16.
Fuehring and Durr both had 17 points. Fuehring had nine rebounds, which led the team. Durr was second, with eight.
Louisville will now look ahead to Connecticut. The Cardinals will face the Huskies, after defeating them in the regular season in Louisville. The game may be tougher. Albany is closer to Connecticut. The Huskies also do their best work in March, historically.
If Louisville does beat Connecticut, then it could set them up for another matchup with Notre Dame.
Cards v. Huskies, round two, will take place Sunday at Noon in Albany.