Louisville has long been one of those teams analysts single out for being particularly well suited to avoiding the one-and-done nature of the NCAA Tournament. With the Cardinals’ frenetic pace and nonstop pressing, Rick Pitino’s Cardinals can be very hard to plan for, especially when their opponent has only a couple of days to prepare.
That’s the argument for the Cardinals, anyway. It doesn’t always play out that way in March for Pitino’s squad, and we saw the latest example of that on Sunday afternoon, as second-seeded Louisville was upset by a red-hot Michigan team, the seventh seed in the Midwest Region. After making it to at least the Sweet 16 every year they were eligible — the Cardinals were banned from postseason play last season — since 2012, the Cardinals’ run of making it to the second weekend has come to an end.
Michigan forward Moritz Wagner wreaked havoc on the Cardinals’ defense all game long, finishing the game with 26 points on 11-of-14 shooting. Louisville actually led for much of the game, but multiple Wolverines runs down the stretch sealed the upset.
With Louisville out, the Wildcats are the lone remaining team from Kentucky remaining in the bracket. Kentucky beat Wichita State 65-62 to advance to the Sweet 16.