Originally posted on College Spun  |  Last updated 3/16/13
Score: No. 4 Louisville 69 No. 24 Notre Dame 57 Stars: Louisville: Peyton Siva 12 Pts, 3 Reb, 6 Ast, 7 Stl. Russ Smith 20 Pts, 3 Reb, 6 Ast. Notre Dame: Jerian Grant 14 Pts, 3 Reb, 5 Ast. Story: It was the last time that Notre Dame and Louisville would be guaranteed to play each other while both were in the Big East, and the game embraced some true Big East qualities.  The first half was a game of back-and-forth, each team matching the other’s buckets. Notre Dame created the pace and enforced it, causing the Louisville offense trouble. After Chane Behanan failed to finish a few consecutive baskets, he was replaced by freshman Montrezl Harrell. Harrell managed little more, getting two quick fouls and not contributing much with them. Pitino finally placed Stephan Van Treese in the 4 spot – a position which the senior center played tonight with strength and aggression. SVT would stay there for a majority of the second half, as well. In the box score, he was even listed as a forward. The Fighting Irish were down by seven at the half, but after a very slow start, facing Louisville’s defense and having Eric Atkins on the bench for a period of time, seven seemed fewer than what the deficit should have been. It remained a close game in the beginning of the second half. Even when the Cards tried to break away, and probably should have broken away, they couldn’t seem to get past small mistakes. Between a string of frustration fouls and ND threes that were difficult to contest, Louisville couldn’t really create the gap needed. Notre Dame, playing in true Big East fashion, was getting to the stripe more than U of L could afford. Then it became the Russ, Peyton and Luke show. Between Russ breaking the record for most single-season free throws made all season, Peyton breaking the record for all-time steals, and Luke hitting 3-of-3 from three, they created a breathable lead. Notre Dame moves onto the ACC; Louisville moves onto the Big East finals against Syracuse tomorrow at 8:30. Peyton Siva and Luke Hancock are both shooting 50% from downtown in this tournament. — Nick Coffey (@TheCardConnect) March 16, 2013 What is more impressive?Peyton and Russ combining for 32 points, or combining to dish out 12 assists? wow. #L1C4 — CrumsRevenge (@CrumsRevenge) March 16, 2013 Luke Hancock? More like Luke Mancock. Ballaaaaaaa — Jon Metzger (@JobMetzgee) March 16, 2013 We will see you tomorrow Louisville twitter.com/ABott22/status… — Adam Bottorff (@ABott22) March 16, 2013
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Top 10 takeaways from Super Bowl 50

Was firing Jeff Hornacek the wrong move for the Suns?

Panthers picked wrong day to play worst game of the season

Was Peyton Manning paid for Budweiser mentions?

Cam Newton walks out of postgame press conference

Eli did not look thrilled after Peyton locked up Super Bowl

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Rick Reilly sends awkward tweet during Super Bowl 50

Peyton Manning gives Papa John a kiss after game

Panthers' Josh Norman crying after losing Super Bowl

Peyton Manning ‘going to drink a lot of Budweiser’ after win

Where Peyton Manning ranks among Super Bowl era QBs

Peyton Manning declines to comment on possible retirement

Ranking every game from 2015 NFL Playoffs

PHOTO: Panthers LB shows gruesome arm injury after SB

Patriots, Panthers early Super Bowl 51 favorites

Von Miller trolls Cam Newton, Panthers

Cam Newton proves again he is a great winner and terrible loser

Steph Curry trolls himself with Jordan face meme

Winners and losers from Super Bowl 50

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Aqib Talib wipes out on NFL Network

Six best plays from Super Bowl 50

Five biggest boneheaded plays of Super Bowl 50

WATCH: Cam Newton gives questionable effort to recover fumble

Lions say Calvin Johnson's future still not determined

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Best and worst from Super Bowl 50

Six best plays from Super Bowl 50

Eli doesn't look thrilled as Peyton wins Super Bowl

Did Beyonce almost fall down during Super Bowl halftime show?

Curry to serve as drummer for Panthers

Report: Marshawn Lynch plans to retire

The 14 biggest plays in Super Bowl history

Five outrageous predictions for Super Bowl 50

QUIZ: Name the winning starting quarterback from every Super Bowl

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker