Saturday, February 22, 2014

Game Recap: (7) Cincinnati vs. (11) Louisville

Cincinnati managed to contain Louisville's Russ Smith for 39 minutes and 58 seconds, but all Smith needed was those two remaining seconds to put his stamp on this game.  I suggested before the game that the Smith vs. Kilpatrick matchup was one to keep an eye on, and Kilpatrick held up his end of the bargain, finishing the game with 28 points and 6 rebounds.  Meanwhile, Smith struggled for the most part, shooting 3 for 10 on the game for just 10 points, but the only contribution from Russ that people will remember was his beautiful jumper to give Louisville the lead with just two seconds left.  In all honesty, the game probably came down to supporting casts around these two superstars.  While Louisville's big man Montrez Harrell put up 21 points and 10 rebounds to support Russ Smith, Cincinnati lacked any sort of support around Kilpatrick, with the next highest scorer after him only recording eight points.  This is a tough loss for Cincinnati, as they fought back so valiantly after being down fairly big late in the second half, but Louisville probably deserved the win.

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