Louisville dominates first AAC title game

#4 UCONN Huskies (26-8, 12-6 AAC) 61

#2 Louisville Cardinals (29-5, 15-3 AAC) 71


Many analysts have Louisville sitting at a four or five spot in their most recent bracketology. But coach Rick Pitino and his Cardinals came in with something to prove. The Cardinals came into the game on a tear, dominating all of their previous games in the tournament. And they did not slow down against the Huskies, and the defending champs made their case for a #1 seed.

UCONN manged to keep up with the Cardinals early, and kept within 8 for nearly the entire first half. But with about 4 minutes to play, Terry Rozier and Russ Smith led the Cardinals to a 10-2 run and they would close out the half up by 14.

In the second half it would only get worse for the Huskies. The Cardinals would slowly build up their lead, and even go up by 20 at one point. Late in the game, Shabazz Napier and Niels Giffey did all they could to lead UCONN back into it, but could only manage to bring it to within 10, giving Louisville the AAC title.

Montrezl Harris led the Cardinals with 22 points on a great night as he was 9 for 14 from the field. Harris also grabbed 11 boards for the double double. AAC Tournament MVP Russ Smith added 19 points to the winning effort, and had a great defensive day as he came up with 5 steals on the night. Guard Chris Jones would also add 11.

DeAndre Daniels led the Huskies with 17 points and 10 rebounds for a double double. Shabazz Napier also had a big day as he scored 16 in the winning effort. Amida Brimah had a huge day off of the bench for the Huskies, scoring 14 on 7 for 10 shooting and pulled down 7 rebounds.

Both teams enter Sunday knowing that they will play in the NCAA tournament, only needing to know where they will play and against whom.


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