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, what Dieng said was no understatement. The Shockers opened with an 8-0 run. Louisville finally snapped into playing mode, but the entire first half showed a Wichita State team handling pressure better than any other team had all season. It was obvious that Gregg Marshall and his team came prepared, and it would certainly be an ugly game.
The Shockers wouldn’t let Louisville drive it in the lane either. The ease that Russ Smith and Peyton Siva usually take with them to the basket was absent, and neither could finish. It would take Luke Hancock until the second half to finally manage to get it inside. The Shocker...