Louisville Cardinals vs. Virginia Cavaliers Free Preview 03/08/18

Virginia Cavaliers forward Isaiah Wilkins with authority

Virginia Cavaliers forward Isaiah Wilkins with authority

Boston College has won two games in the ACC Tournament for the first time and now faces a Clemson team that is fresh.

To reach the semifinals, the Cavaliers closed on a 19-6 run during which they held Louisville (20-13) to one field goal over almost nine minutes, blunting a rally that had drawn the Cardinals within 56-52.

The Cards could've solidified their NCAA chances last Thursday when they outplayed No. 1 Virginia for 39 minutes and 59.1 seconds.

UVA advances to face the victor of Thursday's game between Clemson and Boston College on Friday night 7pm.

But while the hearts and the minds were willing, BC's legs finally gave out down the stretch as the fourth-seeded Tigers regained control and pulled away for a 90-82 victory. The Cavaliers beat Clemson, 61-36, on January 23.

"It's going to be hard tomorrow", Brownell said.

Ray Spalding led Louisville with 16 points. There was no such drama at Barclays Center. "They've got some really talented players".

Virginia Cavaliers guard Kyle Guy drives against Louisville Cardinals forward Anas Mahmoud
Virginia Cavaliers guard Kyle Guy drives against Louisville Cardinals forward Anas Mahmoud

"They exploited us in a couple mismatch opportunities, and it seems like every time we got a little momentum, we would just drop it out of our hands, they'd get it laid in, or they just would hit a tough shot at the end of the shot clock, those kinds of things", Padgett said. On defense, the Cavaliers held Louisville to 35.7 percent shooting, making for a 38-27 Virginia lead at halftime. "We were hoping the third time was a charm against these guys, but it obviously wasn't the case". They are 1-1 in the previous two. Ever since Donte Grantham went down with a season-ending knee injury, DeVoe has scored 18.3 points per game in the Tigers wins, and just 7.4 in losses. But after shoot-around Wednesday, it was decided he'd wear one.

The Longhorns, who survived a tough game against Iowa State in the opening round, misfired on their first nine shots, went almost 6 minutes without a point and allowed the Red Raiders to roar to an early double-digit lead that they maintained much of the first half.

Virginia led by as many as 17 points late in the first half and kept the Cardinals at arm's length for a good portion of the second half.

Snider, playing like time is running out on his collegiate career, playing with authority, trusting his 3-point shot, leading the way. "He's such a great shooter".

Deandre Hunter and Mamadi Diakite led the bench unit with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

There is sure to be plenty buzz surrounding this matchup considering the way their last matchup ended with Virginia overcoming a four-point deficit in the final second.

In its lone meeting with Virginia, Clemson fell 61-36 in which it shot 31.9 percent from the field and 15 percent from three-point range. The Cardinals appear to be on the wrong side of the dreaded bubble, with Lunardi, Palm and Mandel all projecting them to be among the first four teams to miss the cut. "Unfortunately, that's not my decision", Padgett said after Saturday night's 76-69 loss at N.C. State.

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