Louisville Wins with 'Sea of Red' at Rival's Arena
KY - Except for a lone section of green Colorado State fans and the
ushers in Kentucky blue, virtually every fan in Rupp arena was clad in
red and on their feet, cheering for Wildcats’ rival Louisville as they
defeated the Rams 82-56
Smith drained shots from anywhere in rupp arena in starting 6 of 9
(including 4 of 5 on three-pointers), and Louisville slapped on the
press after every basket to force 10 first half turnovers and give
Louisville a 45-31 lead by halftime.
showed why on many nights he is probably the best, and fastest player
in the country. Teammate Peyton Siva also drove to the rim at will to
show why many called this the beat backcourt in the country and why
Louisville is the overall one seed and consensus favorite.
Smith dominated the contest, scoring 27, while Siva dropped 10 points for the Cardinals against the 8th seed.
Siva and the Cardinals have let opponents keep it close before
adjusting their press to destroy them in the second half, but Saturday
they took over early against a Colorado state team that proved very
worthy when they blew out Missouri in the previous game.
Rams hoped the best rebounding margin in the country would let them
muscle Louisville inside, but managed only a 12-11 rebounding edge by
the half, and the game was basically over.
press Saturday was a suffocating as it was last year when th killed
heavily favored Michigan state to make a surprise trip to the Final
year, the Cardinals are preparing to face off against the winner of
Saint Louis-Oregon, and, if they win, they could face a rematch against
Michigan State in the Elite Eight. While Louisville is the popular
national championship pick, the Midwest bracket they are in is
considered the toughest in the tournament.