9:52 PM ET, March 17, 2012
Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Louisville's late regular-season slide has turned into a postseason surge.Russ Smith had 17 points as Louisville held off a late New Mexico rally 59-56 Saturday night for its sixth consecutive win, advancing to the regional semifinals for the first time since 2009.The Cardinals lost three of their last four regular season games, then swept through the Big East Tournament with four straight wins. The No. 4 seed then beat Davidson in their opening tournament game before facing the fifth-seeded Lobos.Coach Rick Pitino said the Cardinals' Big East run was just what they needed.
PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 17: Chane Behanan #24 of the Louisville Cardinals dunks the ball in the first half against...(Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||23-58 (.397)||22-48 (.458)|
|3P Made-Attempted||5-23 (.217)||7-15 (.467)|
|FT Made-Attempted||5-8 (.625)||8-12 (.667)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||12 (0/0)||14 (0/0)|
|» Mar 17, 2012||@LOU 59, UNM 56||Recap|
Louisville limited New Mexico to 32.6 percent shooting against zone defense on Saturday and the Lobos were 4-for-20 from three-point range against the zone. In its first two games in the 2012 Men's Basketball Championship Louisville has held its opponents to 7-for-35 (20 percent) shooting from three-point range when it plays zone.
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