One thing that was guaranteed about the contest between the Fighting Irish and Cardinals was that it would not last as long as it did last time. The real question was whether the game would head to overtime or not. Five of the last six games have resulted in overtime.
In the first half, Louisville set the pace in the game. After each made basket, the Cardinals put the full court press on. By halftime, the Cardinals had pressed their way to a 10 point lead. Notre Dame was shooting 37.5% from the field while the Cardinals were shooting a red hot 66.7%.
The Cardinals were 22-0 when leading at the half. They continued that trend with an excellent second half that extended their lead and closed out Notre Dame’s hopes of landing a double bye in the Big East Tournament.
Notre Dame was lead by Garrick Sherman who had 14 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks.
With the loss, the Irish will most likely be the 6th team in the Big East tournament. As it stands right now, the Fighting Irish would play on Wednesday, March 13th at 9:00 p.m on ESPN2. Their opponent has not been determined yet but it will be the winner of the DePaul-Rutgers game, which will be aired on Tuesday, March 12th at 9:00 p.m. on ESPNU.