Saturday, March 8, 2014

Montrezl Harrell Dunks All Over Connecticut in Blowout Win for Louisville [GIFs]

When you have two teams--No. 11 Louisville and No. 19 Connecticut--that are ranked and have pretty similar records overall (25-5 for the Cards and 24-6 for the Huskies) and in conference play (14-3 compared to 12-5) you would think that a contest between the two would be a pretty good one, right?

Not in this case.

via Deadspin
Montrezl Harrell led the way for the Cardinals with 20 points and 11 rebounds on the day. About half of his points came off of dunks like the one above and this one:

via Deadspin
For the Cardinals it is the kind of signature win that can give a team a boat load of confidence going into tournament time. Connecticut is no joke, but the Huskies were stymied by the Louisville defense all game long shooting a season low 29.4 percent. Going 3-22 from behind the arc especially hurt.

Louisville on the other hand shot better from three point range than it did the floor in general going 45.5 percent and 44.8 percent respectively. Connecticut actually beat Louisville on the boards (40-39), but the Cardinals killed them everywhere else.
  • 22 turnovers for UConn to 12 for the Cards
  • 2 steals for UConn; 12 for the Cards
  • 8 assists for UConn; 20 for the Cards
And where it mattered most:
  • Final Score: Louisville 81 UConn 48
Yeah, things are looking good for the defending champs heading in to most meaningful time of the season.

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