March 30, 2013
| No. 1 Seed Louisville vs. No. 2 Seed Duke
| Date: Sunday, March 31
| Time: 5:05 p.m. ET
| Location: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Ind.
| NCAA Notes: Louisville | UofL Supplement | Duke | Updated Bracket
| TV: CBS / Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Clark Kellogg (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (analyst)
| Radio: WHAS 840 AM | SIRIUS 91
INDIANAPOLIS - The Cardinals' run in the NCAA Tournament continues, as the team will play in its 13th NCAA Elite Eight game on Sunday against No. 2-seed Duke at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind.
Tip for the CBS broadcast is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. ET, and Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Clark Kellogg (analyst), and Tracy Wolfson will call the game. Louisville's Paul Rogers (play-by-play) and Bob Valvano (analyst) are set to call the action on WHAS 840 AM. The national radio broadcast can be heard on SIRIUS channel 91.
Through March 29, the Cardinals rank in the top-15 nationally in four different categories: No. 2 in steals per game (10.9) and turnover margin (+6.1), No. 4 in scoring margin (+16.1), and No. 15 in scoring defense (57.9). Conversely, Duke ranks in the top-15 nationally in six disciplines: No. 5 in 3-point field goal percentage (40.3), No. 9 in scoring offense (77.6), scoring margin (+12.9), and turnovers per game (10.6), No. 14 in 3-point field goal percentage defense (29.4), and 15th in turnover margin (+3.5).
Last time out, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino improved his NCAA Sweet 16 career record to 11-0 after the Cardinals (32-5) defeated Oregon, 77-69. Russ Smith matched a career-high 31 points, which broke the scoring record for a college basketball game held in Lucas Oil Stadium. The junior went 9-of-16 from the floor, contributing to the Cardinals' 53.8 field goal percentage. Kevin Ware had a career-best 11 points off the bench, and Gorgui Dieng added 10 points, nine rebounds, four blocks, and two steals. Oregon was led by E.J. Singler's 15 points.
The Last Meeting
November 24, 2012
Paradise Island, Bahamas
Through three NCAA Tournament games, Louisville is averaging 79.3 points per game, while holding opponents to 57.7. Louisville's defense has been recording steals at a higher rate at 12.7 per contest. Individually, Smith is averaging 27 points, and Dieng is contributing 10 points and 6.3 board per game.
Duke (30-5) posted a 71-61 win over Michigan State in the Elite Eight nightcap in Indianapolis, putting the Blue Devils in their 13th NCAA regional semifinal under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Duke shot 40.8 percent from the field and held the Spartans to just seven field goals in the second half. Twenty-four of Duke's points - roughly 34 percent - came from the charity stripe.
Duke's Seth Curry poured in a game-high 29 points on 8-of-17 shooting, including six 3-pointers. Rasheed Sulaimon added 16 points, and Mason Plumlee added 14. Keith Appling led Michigan State with 16 points. Adreian Payne had 14 points and 10 of Michigan State's 33 rebounds, four more than the Blue Devils' total.
- Louisville won its 32nd game of the season, when it beat Oregon on Friday. The school record for wins is 33, set by the 1980 national champions and the 2005 squad that reached the Final Four.
- Peyton Siva was credited with three assists against Duke, giving him 216 for the season. He trails Labradford Smith's single-season assist record that was set in 1989-90 by 10.
- Louisville faced Duke earlier this season, falling to the Blue Devils 76-71 in the Battle 4 Atlantis championship game. Despite not having Gorgui Dieng, the Cardinals won the rebounding battle, 38-33. Fourteen of Louisville's rebounds came on the offensive end.
GAME FACTS - Louisville vs. Duke
Date: Sunday, March 31
Time: 5:05 p.m. ET
Site: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Ind.
Television: The game will be broadcast on CBS, with Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Clark Kellogg (analyst), and Tracy Wolfson (analyst) calling the action.
Radio: WHAS 840 AM will air the game, with Paul Rogers (play-by-play) and Bob Valvano (analyst) announcing the game.
SIRIUS: The game will be broadcast on SIRIUS channel 91.
Series History: Duke owns a 5-3 all-time series advantage (1-1 in Louisville, 2-1 at Duke, 2-1 neutral).