IT WAS OVER WHEN: Chris Smith made the first of two free throws to push Louisville's advantage to 59-44 with 3:22 remaining. That free throw capped a 7-2 run and came during a six minute stretch where the Cardinals held Davidson to just one field goal.
KEY STATS: 62 and 35
Louisville advanced to the NCAA third round for one major reason: their defense. The Cardinals held high-scoring Davidson, who came into the game 12th nationally in scoring, to 62 points -- 16 points below their seasons average. Though Louisville forced just 10 turnovers, the Cardinals held Davidson to 35 percent shooting, including just 4 of 19 from the three-point line.
BIG PLAY: With Louisville leading 28-24 late in the first half, Russ Smith gave the Cardinals some needed breathing room - and confidence - with a three-pointer in transition at 1:09 before the break. After Smith's three-pointer, which came off an assist from Kyle Kuric, Louisville maintained control the rest of the way.
TURNING POINT: After a few first half lead changes, Gorgui Dieng picked up his third foul with 10:15 remaining in the first half. With the Cards leading 16-15 at the time, Davidson could have made a run with the 6'10 shot-blocker on the bench. Instead, the Cardinals turned up the defensive intensity and closed the half with a 17-10 run that gave them a 33-25 halftime cushion.
TOP RESERVE Russ Smith was the leading scorer off the bench with six, and Jared Swopshire contributed four points and four rebounds with Gorgui Dieng sitting out with foul trouble. But we'll go with Elisha Justice for his steady play in relief of Peyton Siva. Justice scored just two points, but he only committed one turnover and was a steadying influence for the Cardinals with Siva on the bench.