By Sam Draut–
After a dominating second-half performance in a 72-58 win against Syracuse on Wednesday, Louisville (20-6 overall, 9-4 in the ACC) hosts Duke on Saturday at the KFC YUM! Center. Two weeks earlier, the Cardinals fell to Duke (20-6 overall, 9-4 in the ACC) in Durham, NC. Louisville fell behind by 16 points in the first meeting, but rallied and took a one-point lead before Duke recaptured the lead and won 72-65.
Louisville’s win on Wednesday night marked the 14th straight season the program has won at least 20 games, only three other schools (Kansas, Duke and Gonzaga) have accomplished it as well.
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Starting five- Quentin Snider, Deng Adel, Chinanu Onuaku, Damion Lee and Jaylen Johnson.
It is Adel’s first start since Feb. 6 against Boston College and the fourth of his career.
15:48 first half- Louisville leads Duke 7-6. Adel picked up a foul late in the shot clock while guarding Marshall Plumlee.
11:40 first half- Duke leads Louisville 16-14. Ray Spalding made his first career 3-pointer on the past possession. Cardinals are 6 of 9 from the field, but have three turnovers.
7:49 first half- Louisville and Duke tied 22-22. Grayson Allen knocked down his second 3-pointer a possession earlier. Duke has made five 3-pointers. Spalding has given the Cardinals good minutes off the bench with seven points and three rebounds.
3:28 first half- Duke leads Louisville 31-26. Allen scored on a drive to the basket and was fouled, the sophomore guard has 13 points. Louisville is working the ball into the low-post with some success, Spalding has seven points and Onuaku has eight points.
Halftime: Duke leads Louisville 37-29. Adel got lost on a rotation and Allen made a 3-pointer as time expired. Allen has 19 points, making four 3-pointers and shooting 6 of 7 from the field. Onuaku has eight points and five rebounds. Spalding has seven points. Louisville and Duke are both shooting 50-percent from the field, (13 of 26). Duke has made seven 3-pointers and shooting 57.3-percent from behind the arc.
18:22 second half- Duke leads Louisville 41-31. Pitino calls a timeout after Duke takes its largest lead of the game.
14:57 second half- Duke leads Louisville 44-35. Lee scores on a fast break after a steal. Spalding fouls Allen in the backcourt on the ensuing possession.
12:58 second half- Duke leads Louisville 47-37. There was a mad scrum for a loose ball, Allen and Johnson were scrapping for it on the ground, both players were tangled up, possible punches thrown. Johnson had to be physically restrained from fighting Allen.
11:38 second half- Duke leads Louisville 50-41. Louisville hasn’t been able to slow down Duke’s offensive attack without fouling.
9:39 second half- Duke leads Louisville 54-49. Onuaku had a long outlet pass to Lewis for a layup. Duke calls a timeout.
7:52 second half- Duke leads Louisville 54-50. Lewis fouls Luke Kennard on a fast break. Adel is making an impact on both sides of the floor, the freshman has 12 points, but has also amped up the defensive intensity.
3:55 second half- Louisville leads Duke 65-59. Allen fouls out after Johnson draws a foul, and then Allen picks up a technical foul. Cardinals on an 18-3 run.
Final: Louisville defeats Duke 71-64.