Saturday 4:00 p.m. EST
The last time these teams went head to head it was a 5 overtime thriller in which Jerian Grant went Reggie Miller on the Cardinals and scored 12 points in the last 44 seconds of the game to send it into the first overtime. Then the 5 overtimes were just as crazy with each one coming down to a final shot to tie the game or to win it. Louisville had many opportunities to end the game at the end of regulation, overtime 1, 2, and 3 they had the ball for the last shot.
Garrick Sherman was the unlikely hero, after seeing his minutes diminish as the season went on, but he only played in the overtimes scoring 17 points on 7-10 shooting. Now Sherman is getting regular minutes again to provide depth at the 4 and 5 positions.
Russ Smith had a terrible night shooting (4-17), but did have 21 points (13-16 free throws). He took some really bad shots to try and win the game late in the first three overtimes. Chane Behanan was the Louisville leading scorer with 30 points, 15 rebounds, and 2 blocked shots. They didn’t look for Behanan late in the game, which was a mistake since he could have made some plays in the post.
This game is very important when it comes down to seeding for the NCAA tournament for the Irish and the Cardinals. As of now Joe Lunardi has Louisville as a 2 seed, but if they lose to Notre Dame and make an early exit in the Big East tournament they could drop to a 3 or 4 seed. With many of the Irish players struggling from the field lately, it would be nice if they could get back on track in time for the Big East and NCAA tournament.