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Louisville's ugliest win was its biggest one yet.
Luke Hancock came off the bench to score 20 points, walk-on Tim Henderson sparked a second-half rally with a pair of monster 3s and Louisville advanced to the NCAA title game Saturday night, escaping with a 72-68 victory over Wichita State.
''I just kept telling the guys ... `We're going to make a run. It's about defense,''' coach Rick Pitino said. ''Give them their credit, but the bench won the game for us tonight.''
And now the Cardinals (34-5) will try and win it all for their emotional leader on the bench, injured Kevin Ware. As the final buzzer sounded, Ware stood up, grinning as he thrust his arms above his head.
Louisville will play the winner of Syracuse-Michigan for the national title Monday night. It is the Cardinals' first trip to the title game since they won it all in 1986.
Russ Smith led the Cardinals with 21 points, and Chane Behanan added 10.
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ATLANTA – Junior Luke Hancock was the player of the game for the University of Louisville on Saturday night in the national semifinals. Hancock had 20 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals as the Cardinals rallied to beat Wichita State 72-68 in the NCAA Tournament semifinals in the Georgia Dome.
The first of today’s Final Four games led to some serious excitement. Leading 70-68 with eight seconds left to play, Louisville’s Luke Hancock was headed to the line for two free throws — a chance to make it a two-possession game.
Hancock calmly sank the first three throw, but his second attempt hit the back iron. Wichita State’s Ron Baker grabbed the rebound and turned to...
ATLANTA – Tim Henderson didn’t have many options coming out of high school. He opted to walk-on at the University of Louisville and on Saturday night became a hometown hero. Henderson hit two three-pointers in the second half to help rally the Cardinals to a 72-68 victory over Wichita State in the Final Four.
Here are three observations from Louisville's 72-68 win during the first of two national semifinals at the Final Four in Atlanta:
1. As Louisville's stars struggled to find consistency on the offensive end, Cardinals forward Luke Hancock stepped in to save the day
Though the NCAA tournament's and team's leading scorer, Russ Smith, finished with 21 points, it was...
Here's a video of the questionable jump ball call between Louisville's Luke Hancock and Wichita State's Ron Barker in the Final Four.
ATLANTA, April 6 –The Wichita State Shockers had victory in the palm of their hands and they let the Louisville Cardinals off-the-hook.
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ATLANTA (AP) Luke Hancock came off the bench to score 20 points, walk-on Tim Henderson sparked a second-half rally with a pair of monster 3s and Louisville advanced to the NCAA title game Saturday night, escaping with a 72-68 victory over Wichita State.
As the final buzzer sounded, a Louisville player tossed the ball high into the air and injured Kevin Ware stood up, thrusting his...
ATLANTA In Louisville's practice gym, during the hot summer months. That's where Stephan Van Treese can still see Tim Henderson, an unlikely Final Four hero if there ever was one.
Before the Henderson ever stepped foot onto the Georgia Dome's raised platform floor to knock down two 3-pointers in a comeback win against Wichita State Saturday, two shots that brought his...
Score: No. 1 Louisville 72, No. 9 Wichita State 68
Star(s): Louisville: Luke Hancock 21 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast.
Story: Let’s all be honest. When Gorgui Dieng said that this was going to be an ugly game in the press conference before the tip-off, many people thought he was playing up Wichita State’s talent, something Rick Pitino has been known to do.
But when WSU came on the court...
(Eds: With AP Photos.) By NANCY ARMOUR AP National Writer The scenario was always the same when Tim Henderson was a kid.
Dribbling around outside, he'd picture the shot clock ticking down to three, two and then one. Just before the imaginary buzzer sounded, he'd put up a shot to win the game for Louisville.
''I just pretended I was out there and shooting it for...
After a ferocious comeback that saw Louisville capitalize off of costly turnovers by Wichita State late in the game, the Cardinals are headed to the NCAA tournament championship game for the first time since 1986.
For most of Friday night’s matchup, the No. 9 seed Shockers were in control and looked poised to come away with yet another upset. Leading by double digits with 13 minutes...
By Jesse Kramer
The last Cinderella of the 2013 NCAA Tournament was eliminated in Saturday’s first Final Four game. In the first national semifinal in Atlanta, No. 1 seed Louisville knocked off No. 9 seed Wichita State, 72-68. The Shockers, who were overshadowed in this year’s tournament by Florida Gulf Coast, which became the first No. 15 seed to reach the Sweet 16, knocked...