Saturday, 24 March 2012

Louisville make late comeback to defeat Florida

With only eight minutes left in the game Louisville looked to be in serious trouble. Down by 11 points at 65-54 and facing foul trouble it looked glim for the Cardinals. But sixth man X-factor Russ Smith took to the floor and managed to be the crucial difference maker when it mattered most. After star guard Peyton Siva fouled out with four minutes left in the game, Smith took over the point and it was all downhill from there. Leading the team to an amazing comeback and pull an improbable 72-68 victory over the Florida Gators.

Florida played mean for 30 solid minutes, but in the final ten the wheels seemed to fall off on both ends of the court. After a solid offensive effort in the first half - which included hitting 8 of 11 threes to take a 41-33 halftime lead - the Gators struggled to find a way around Louisville's man to man defence. This inevitably shut down their three point scoring, going 0 for 9 from beyond the arc in the second half.

Louisville now go into the Final Four to face off against the winner of the Kentucky-Baylor game which takes place tomorrow morning on ESPN.

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