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Kyle Kuric netted 13 points for Louisville (27-9), which stifled Davidson's
perimeter game right from the opening tip.
"We wanted to really pressure them without trapping to try to take their legs
out a little bit, because they're such a great shooting team. If you let them
have their legs you could be in for a long night," Louisville head coach Rick
The fourth-seeded Cardinals out of the West Region will next take on New
Mexico in Saturday's third round.
The Wildcats (25-8), champions of the Southern Conference, are 11th in the
country in three-point attempts per game (23). But Davidson, which shoots the
trey at a 33.9 percent clip, was just 4-of-19 from beyond the arc and missed
13 consecutive three-pointers at one point in the contest.
"Normally we shoot three's at a higher rate, we shoot from the field at a
higher rate. I think it was a combination of Louisville's great defense and us
missing shots. There were several times we had wide open looks and just
didn't knock them down," Davidson head coach Bob McKillop said.
SoCon player of the year Jake Cohen had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead
Davidson, which made its 11th appearance in the tourney and first since 2008,
when Stephen Curry improbably led the school to the Elite Eight.
While Davidson was in the midst of a 7:01 field-goal drought, Kuric scored
four points during a quick 8-1 spurt by Louisville, giving the Cardinals a
22-16 edge with 7:59 to play in the opening half.
Although the Wildcats hung around, the Cardinals closed the stanza on a 7-1
flurry, taking a 33-25 lead into the locker room.
The Wildcats, who hit on their first two attempts from three-point range, went
25:09 without a triple until Chris Czerapowicz connected from deep with 8:33
to play, making it 52-42.
But Gorgui Dieng's three-point play at the other end made it a 13-point bulge
and Davidson never got within less than five the rest of the way.
Louisville, which fell to 13th-seeded Morehead State a year ago in the
second round, won its first tournament game since 2009 when the Cardinals
reached the Elite Eight...Louisville won the only previous encounter with
Davidson, 90-47, back in 1959...The Cardinals were 1-of-5 from beyond the arc
and shot 40.4 percent from the floor, while Davidson shot 35 percent from the