Louisville dominates from in-close again
Louisville dominated in transition and in the paint to earn Rick Pitino his first NCAA tournament coaching matchup with Mike Krzykewski and Duke since Christian Laettner’s shot beat his Kentucky team in the 1992 Elite Eight.
Russ Smith’s 81 points (including a career-high 31 Friday versus Oregon) through his first three games of the tournament are the most by a Louisville player in the first three games of this tournament in school history.
Smith scored 14 of Louisville's 18 transition points Friday, 12 of which came in the first half. Smith has now scored 31 of Louisville's 58 transition points (53 percent) in the 2013 NCAA tournament.
Entering the tournament, Smith had scored 36 percent of Louisville's transition points this season.
Smith is averaging 10.3 transition points per game in the tournament. Entering Friday's games, no player in the field was averaging more than 9.0 transition points per game in the tournament.
Louisville scored 42 points in the paint Friday and is averaging 42.7 paint points in the tournament.
The Cardinals are the first team in the past four tournaments to score at least 40 points in the paint in three consecutive games.
Louisville won despite coming up five deflections short of its goal of 35 (we counted!).
Gorgui Dieng had 10 of the Cardinals' 30 deflections against Oregon, nearly matching his total of 13 from the first two games.
The victory made No. 1 seeds 19-0 all-time against No. 12 seeds. It also improved Pitino's record to 11-0 as a head coach in Sweet 16 games, though Oregon’s late push made this his first single-digit such win.
Burke, McGary key epic late comeback
The Wolverines outscored the Jayhawks 25-13 in the final 2:22 of regulation and overtime.
Trey Burke scored all 23 of his points in the second half and overtime. He’s the first player to have 20 points and 10 assists in a Sweet 16 game since current Florida coach Billy Donovan did so for Providence in 1987.
Burke’s 10 assists led to 22 Michigan points. Burke was responsible for 45 of Michigan's 87 points in the Wolverines' victory over Kansas, including 33 of 53 points after halftime. It was the most points responsible for by a single player in a game in this year's tournament.
Michigan is 7-0 this season when Burke scores or assists on at least 45 points.
Mitch McGary had 25 points and 14 rebounds, the first Michigan player with that many points and that many rebounds in an NCAA tournament game since Juwan Howard in 1994.
McGary and Blake Griffin (2009) are the only players in the last 15 seasons with consecutive games of 21-plus points and 14-plus rebounds in the NCAA tournament.
McGary is just the sixth player since seeding began in 1979 to have two such games in a single tournament.
Kansas has now failed to reach the Final Four in each of the past three times it has been a No. 1 seed (2010, 2011, 2013).
Kansas scored a season-high 60 points in the paint in its loss to Michigan. It was the most paint points in a loss in the past four tournaments. The Jayhawks made 30-of-43 field-goal attempts in the paint, but were 6-for-23 outside the paint, including 2-for-9 in the final 15 minutes of the game.
Michigan now has six overtime victories in the NCAA tournament, tied with Louisville for the second-most all-time. North Carolina has the most with seven.
Curry hot, takes down Michigan State
Curry outscored Michigan State 22-15 outside the paint. Curry was 8-of-15 on such attempts while the Spartans were 6-of-22.
Curry's 22 points outside the paint are tied for the most by any player in this year's tournament (Troy Daniels, VCU versus Akron) and are more than either of the Spartans' first two opponents in the tournament.
Michigan State fell to 1-7 against Duke under Tom Izzo. The Spartans were 7-for-23 from the field in the second half with seven turnovers. How bad did it get? From the 18:11 to 2:33 mark in the second half, there were four television timeouts and only one Michigan State basket.
FGCU can't handle Florida's offensive-board dominance
But the Gators put the clamps on in the final 25 minutes.
Florida has won six consecutive Sweet 16 games. A 15-6 edge on the offensive glass and 16-8 advantage in second-chance points were key.
Florida Gulf Coast scored only 14 transition points, including six in the second half.
In their first two tournament games, the Eagles averaged 23.5 transition points per game, including 17.0 in the second half. They got 12 free-throw attempts as a result of transition in their first two tournament games, but none in Friday’s loss.
The Eagles finished with 50 points, tying their season low. They averaged 79.5 points in the first two games of the tournament.