Here are three observations from Louisville's impressive 85-63 Elite Eight win against Duke Sunday to earn its second-consecutive Final Four berth:
1. Through the first four (or five) games of the NCAA tournament, Louisville looks every bit the part of the No. 1 overall seed and more than earned its trip to Atlanta.
In short, the Cardinals look athletic, locked in and dominant.
After blitzing past North Carolina A&T and Colorado State, Louisville held a lead against Oregon from start to finish before reaching another level against No. 2 seed Duke in Indianapolis. Playing in front of a red-clad contingent which made the short trip from the Bluegrass State to Lucas Oil Stadium, Louisville rode a 20-4 run to the win.
The average margin of victory in the tourney? 21.8 points per game.
With the win some will call it revenge for Louisville coach Rick Pitino, as it was his first meeting with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski since the famed Christian Laettner shot in 1992 the Big East ...