A combination of bad outside shooting and an athletic Louisville Cardinals team was the ultimate undoing of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, who will once again miss out on the Big East Tournament final. Notre Dame played well in the second half, but had no chance to recover from the big lead that Louisville opened up in the first half. The Cardinals' pressure was too much for Notre Dame to handle early, and Louisville held on for a 64-50 victory.
Gorgui Dieng was 8-8 from the field and led all scorers with 16 points. Peyton Siva had a fabulous game for Louisville, racking up 13 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. He wasn't credited with a steal, but played great defensively and helped force a good number of Irish turnovers.
Notre Dame shot 25 percent from the floor in the first half and did well in the second half to push their overall field goal percentage to 35 percent. They were a terrible 2-17 from behind the arc. Meanwhile, Louisville shot 56 percent from the floor and created high-percentage shots throughout the game.
Louisville moves on to face Cincinnati in the Big East final, where the winner will likely get a massive boost in seeding for the NCAA Tournament.
For more on the two teams, head over to Notre Dame Fighting Irish blog One Foot Down and Louisville Cardinals blog Card Chronicle. For more on the entire tournament, head over to Big East Coast Bias and keep it on our Big East Tournament StoryStream.