Mr. March at it again for Louisville

It's March and Luke Hancock has stepped up his play once again this season for the University if Louisville. Cardinal Authority talks to Hancock about his postseason play heading into Friday's NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 game against Kentucky.

The University of Louisville basketball team has won 22 of its past 23 postseason games and 14 in a row, including eight in the NCAA Tournament.

And one of the main staples in those wins has been the play of Luke Hancock.

The senior guard from Roanoke, Va., has become Mr. March for the Cardinals in two seasons.

"He just gets it done," senior Russ Smith said.

Hancock, who was named Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four last season, has once again been the star in the NCAA Tournament.

In the opening round against Manhattan, had 16 points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals. His only two three-pointers came late in the close game to help the Cardinals prevail.

On Saturday, it was Hancock again when the game was close hitting a pair of three-pointers. The Cardinals beat Saint Louis 66-51 as Hancock led the way with 21 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals.

"I don't play any different in March than I do any other time," Hancock said after the win over the Billikens. "I just want us to win and this is a time when if you won't win it's over.

"So, I'm just trying to keep winning."

A transfer from George Mason playing in his first season last year, Hancock averaged just over seven points a game last season before the postseason. He had 33 points in three games during a run to the Big East Tournament title.

In the NCAA Tournament, Hancock scored 10 in the Elite Eight win over Duke, had 20 against Wichita State and 22 - including 5-for-5 from three-point range - in the national title win over Michigan. He averaged 11.9 points in the postseason and was 16 of 31 from three-point land.

Hancock is back at it. In the AAC Tournament, he had 29 points in three games and also had nine rebounds and six assists.

"I'm just trying to play like I always do," Hancock said. "There's nothing special or no secret, just play my game and help the team."

U of L guard Chris Jones, who is a junior college transfer, said he's always been a big fan of Hancock's but said once the postseason has come around he's noticed "something different."

"He's such a great shooter and he does it so often in practice," Jones said. "But right now, when he shoots it I just think it's going in. I know a majority of them are always going in."

And that's why he's Mr. March.


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