7:10 PM ET, March 20, 2009
University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, Ohio
Louisville applies pressure in second half to cruise past Morehead State
DAYTON, Ohio -- Go ahead, Louisville. Dance away for yet another day.The NCAA tournament's top team pulled off a few dance moves at midcourt during warmups Friday, then stumbled through a few early missteps. Louisville's full-court press -- the thing that makes the Cardinals so dangerous -- took over in the second half, setting up a 74-54 victory over Morehead State that completed 25 years of perfection by No. 1 seeds.
• After leading at the half by just 2, Louisville outscored Morehead State by 18 in the second half (39-21) to advance to the second round for the third straight season.
• The Cardinals shot 58 percent from the floor (29-50), which was the third best field-goal percentage for Louisville this season.
• Three players scored in double-figures for Louisville, including a team-high 15 points from freshman Samardo Samuels.
-- ESPN research
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Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||20-52 (.385)||29-50 (.580)|
|3P Made-Attempted||4-11 (.364)||10-24 (.417)|
|FT Made-Attempted||10-14 (.714)||6-11 (.545)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||10 (0/0)||16 (0/0)|
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