LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) With his team leading Omaha by 15 points at halftime Friday night, Louisville interim coach David Padgett warned the 18th-ranked Cardinals that they better not relax in the second half or the high-scoring Mavericks would catch them.
Louisville didn't fully heed the coach's words in seeing a 20-point second-half lead slip to single digits. Thankfully, a career scoring night from Ray Spalding, another strong offensive game from Deng Adel and a whole bunch of blocked shots by the Cardinals proved enough for an 87-78 victory.
"We played 20 minutes of pretty darn good basketball, and we played 20 minutes of embarrassing basketball," Padgett said. "We've got to find a way to play with a lead. . I was a little worried about urgency on both ends of the floor . but at the end of the day, we're 2-0."