Mar 24, 2012, 7:19 PM EST
Say what you will about Louisville’s move from their 2-3 matchup zone to a switching man-to-man after the first half making the difference for the Cardinals.
Florida knocked down eight 3-pointers in building a 41-33 halftime lead, only to not make another the remainder of the game. However the defensive adjustment by Louisville produced another opening for Florida, as they were able to use the pick and roll to their advantage.
With 8:14 remaining Florida led 65-54 following a Patric Young dunk, and simply continuing to take good shots likely would have resulted in their first Final Four appearance since 2007.
But Florida got away from what was working, exercising questionable shot selection down the stretch as Louisville closed the game on an 18-3 run. Louisville advances by the final score of 72-68, and Florida is left to think about what could have been.
After that Young dunk Florida attempted just two shots around the rim the remainder of the game, with both being missed layup attempts by Bradley Beal.
“I don’t know if we did a great job offensively of taking advantage of what was open,” said Florida head coach Billy Donovan. “I thought we stood around too much, I thought we over-handled. I don’t think we got the ball where it needed to go. And we allowed them on some empty possessions to dwindle the lead back down.”
Florida was one of the best perimeter shooting teams in America this season, leading the country in 3-pointers made both per game (9.6) and for the season (357), and they made 38% of those shots (2nd in the SEC).
The confidence in those perimeter shots has been both a gift and a curse for Florida throughout the season, with the Gators struggling when they forget about Young in the paint or the fact that they’re talented enough to not have to settle for poor shots.
For the second straight season Florida allowed a double-digit lead slip away in the Elite Eight, last year falling to Butler in overtime and shot selection was an issue in that defeat as well.
After three games of very good play the Gators reverted to bad habits against Louisville, and it got them beat.
Jan 31, 2015, 7:10 PM EST
Also of note Saturday afternoon was No. 18 Northern Iowa rolling past No. 12 Wichita State.
Jan 31, 2015, 6:39 PM EST
UNI went on a 22-6 run over a ten-plus minute stretch as they moved into a tie for first in the Missouri Valley.
Jan 31, 2015, 5:04 PM EST
Kendall Anthony scored 20 points in the second half to lead Richmond to the 64-55 win, but the status of Weber is VCU’s greatest concern.
Jan 31, 2015, 3:11 PM EST
Jerian Grant, Notre Dame see comeback fall short at Pitt.
Jan 31, 2015, 2:34 PM EST
Trevor Lacey makes one of the best buzzer-beaters of the season to give N.C. State a road win at Georgia Tech.
Jan 31, 2015, 1:45 PM EST
Florida’s Alex Murphy with a nominee for Saturday’s dunk of the day.
Jan 31, 2015, 1:15 PM EST
Bruce Pearl received a warm ovation from Tennessee fans in his first game back as an opposing head coach.
Jan 31, 2015, 12:34 PM EST
Illinois will continue to be without two injured guards as both players were suspended indefinitely.
Jan 31, 2015, 12:15 PM EST
A tumultuous season gets worse for UMBC.
Jan 31, 2015, 11:15 AM EST
Raheem Appleby showed surprising hops as the 6-foot-4 guard threw down a solid dunk over a Western Kentucky defender.
Jan 31, 2015, 10:10 AM EST
Louisville head coach Rick Pitino believes one of his underclassmen will definitely leave for the NBA.
Pregame Shootaround: Duke battles Virginia and Wichita State gets its biggest Valley test on a busy Saturday
Jan 31, 2015, 9:00 AM EST
Duke and Virginia highlights a busy Saturday slate.
Jan 30, 2015, 11:01 PM EST
Here is a rundown of all the action from Friday night.
Jan 30, 2015, 9:30 PM EST
The Jayhawks will wear these on Feb. 28.
Jan 30, 2015, 7:45 PM EST
That rivalry ended when Mizzou left the Big 12 in favor of the SEC.
Jan 30, 2015, 6:30 PM EST
Trey Davis left the court with only seconds remaining after colliding into a Kendall Pollard screen.
Jan 30, 2015, 5:45 PM EST
The backup guard has missed the last five games.
Jan 30, 2015, 5:09 PM EST
“Big Country,” Randy Rutherford and the rest of the squad is expected back for the team’s game against Kansas to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their trip to the Final Four.
Jan 30, 2015, 4:04 PM EST
Bruce Pearl expressed remorse over how his tenure at Tennessee ended and also remains thankful for former Tennessee AD Mike Hamilton.
Jan 30, 2015, 2:47 PM EST
Having already lost one game in Ivy League play, Harvard looks to bounce back with a win at Princeton.
- Saturday’s Snacks: No. 8 Notre Dame falls, No. 13 Louisville comes back from 18 down 0
- No. 8 Notre Dame upset by Pitt 1
- Auburn coach Bruce Pearl greeted with cheers during first return to Tennessee (VIDEO) 0
- Rick Pitino on Terry Rozier’s impending NBA Draft decision: ‘He’s not coming back’ 0
- Weekend Preview: Duke-Virginia, an MVC showdown and UNC-Louisville 2
- Duke dismisses reserve shooting guard from program 13
- Chase for 180: Already a good shooter, Tyler Harvey’s been even better in 2014-15 0
- Duke dismisses reserve shooting guard from program (13)
- Bill Self on the loss of Kansas-Missouri rivalry: ‘It hasn’t been great’ (8)
- Jerian Grant, No. 8 Notre Dame erase another double-digit deficit as they beat No. 4 Duke (7)
- Coach K earns career win No. 1,000 in No. 5 Duke’s win over St. John’s (4)
- Kentucky lands commitment from international Class of 2016 big man (4)