Field Goal %
- DUKE 36.5
- 52.7 LOU
Three Point %
- DUKE 25.0
- 15.4 LOU
- DUKE 12
- 8 LOU
- DUKE 36
- 39 LOU
- 0th Half
Duke was 2-for-11 on catch-and-shoot jump shots Sunday, including 0-for-6 in the second half. In the Blue Devils' six losses this season, they shot 22.2 percent on catch-and-shoot opportunities, compared to 44.1 percent in their 30 wins.
Seth Curry scored six points on 2-of-7 shooting outside the paint on Sunday. In the Sweet 16 against Michigan State, Curry scored 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting on shots outside the paint.
Louisville scored 42 points in the paint Sunday, the fourth time in the 2013 Men's Basketball Championship it has scored at least 40 paint points. Duke missed 11 shots in the paint, six of which were blocked by Louisville. The Blue Devils were minus-12 in the paint Sunday, their worst paint differential in the last three Men's Basketball Championships.
Russ Smith scored a game-high 23 points Sunday, 10 of which came in transition. Smith has scored 41 of Louisville's 72 transition points (56.9 percent) in the 2013 Men's Basketball Championship. He has more than twice as many transition points as the next closest player in the field (two tied with 20).
Louisville had 38 deflections Sunday and is averaging 45.0 deflections per game in the 2013 Men's Basketball Championship. Chane Behanan had a team-high 11 deflections against Duke, including nine in the first half. The Cardinals have a goal of 35 deflections in each game.
Russ Smith made a layup with 15:44 remaining Sunday to give Louisville a 44-42 lead, which it never relinquished. The Cardinals outscored Duke by 22 points in the final 15:44 and shot 68.2 percent from the field, while holding Duke to 30.0 percent shooting. Peyton Siva and Russ Smith scored or assisted on 20 of Louisville's 43 points during this stretch.
Duke's 22-point loss was its 3rd-worst in any Men's Basketball Championship game.
Louisville is 2-7 in the National Semifinals, the 2nd-worst record among all teams (min. 5 games)
Louisville has 7 losses in the National Semifinals. Only North Carolina has more (9).
Rick Pitino will make his 7th appearance in the Final Four, tied for the 4th-most in history
Russ Smith is the 4th player in the last 20 seasons to score at least 20 points in each of his 1st 4 tournament games and make the Final Four.
It is now 3 straight Final Fours without an ACC team.The only other streak like that in conference history was a 4-year drought from 1958-61
Louisville is the 2nd Big East team to make the Final Four in consecutive seasons. Georgetown did it in 1984 and 1985.
Louisville is the 5th school in the last 10 years to play in a BCS game and reach the Final Four in the same academic year. The previous 4 all reached the basketball title game, and 3 of them cut down the nets. Louisville seeks to join Kansas and Florida as the only schools to win a BCS game and a basketball national title in the same academic year.
Kentucky will travel to West Virginia and Kansas will host Texas A&M in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.
As other programs watched key contributors head off to the NBA, Arizona watched important players return to school and big recruits choose Tucson. As the Wildcats rocketed up the board, others took a step (or a few steps) down.
SVP's 1 Big Thing is the benefits of players being able to see what their draft stock is and being able to make an informed decision based on the information.