Contrary to Rick Pitino’s halftime assertion that Colorado State is the best second round team he’s ever faced in the tourney, his Cardinals were just too much. The Cardinals were too fast, disciplined, tenacious, and experienced. They had no answer for Russ Smith who scored 18 in the first half alone. Pitino’s trademark pressure, man-to-man full court press were in full effect and in a stretch of little more than a minute, Louisville scored 8 straight to blow the game open. The D caused some more than 20 pass deflections along with 10+ steals and huge amounts of frustration. Peyton Siva had a decent game marked, not by scoring, but by not making the questionable decisions we’ve grown accustomed to as he and Russ Smith combined for one turnover. One. All game. When you add to that the intensity of Montrezl Harrel and the fight of Dieng, Colorado State was set up for disaster.
Greg Smith, Wes Eikmier, and Colton Iverson led the Rams in scoring with 14, followed by Daniel Bejarano with 10 while Wes Eikmier and Colton Iverson had 9 each.
Russ Smith led all scorers with 27 while Gorgei Dieng had 14, Montrezl Harrell with 11, and Peyton Siva with 10.
Louisville advanced to the Sweet 16 to face the winner between Oregon/St. Louis.