Louisville hoops: Sweet 16 by the numbers

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The University of Louisville basketball team will play North Carolina State on Friday night in the NCAA's Sweet 16 in the Carrier Dome. Here are some key numbers for the Cardinals heading into the game against the Wolfpack.

Here are a few key numbers for the University of Louisville heading into Friday's 7:37 p.m. ET Sweet 16 game against N.C. State.

The Cardinals (26-8) have been to the Sweet 16 four years in a row.

4-2: U of L's record against No. 8 seeds in the NCAA Tournament.

5: The 26-8 record for U of L is the fifth-best start for the program during the Rick Pitino-era with the Cardinals.

9: Louisville ranks No. 9 nationally in three-point field goal defense. The Cardinals are allowing just 29.5 percent by opponents.

10: The number of rebounds N.C. State won the battle of the boards by in the first meeting of the two teams - a 74-65 win by N.C. State on Feb. 14.

11: U of L coach Rick Pitino had won 11 straight games in the Sweet 16 before losing to Kentucky last season. He's 11-1 in the round of the NCAA Tournament.

13: U of L ranks No. 13 nationally in blocked shots at 5.4, while N.C. State ranks No. 18 nationally at 5.0 blocks a game.

13: The number 13 is popular for the Cardinals; U of L has made 13 trips to the Elite Eight over the year. The Cardinals have the sixth most trips of any school.

21: The number of Sweet 16 appearances since 1975 for the Louisville program. The Cardinals rank only behind North Carolina (26), Kentucky (26) and Duke (24).

25: The number of double-doubles for junior Montrezl Harrell, including an ACC-best 13 games this season.

47: The Cardinals have won 47 of 62 postseason tournament games over the last 11 years, including conference, NCAA and NIT games since 2005. U of L is 24-3 in three years.

51: U of L is 51-9 as the higher seed in the NCAA Tournament.

52: Rick Pitino has won 52 NCAA Tournament games during his coaching career, the third most by an active coach and fourth all-time among coaches.

67: U of L senior Wayne Blackshear became the 67th player in program history to surpass the 1,000-point mark in the last game against Northern Iowa. He currently has 1,008 career points for the Cardinals.

122: Louisville has 122 wins over the last four seasons and that's second behind only Kentucky. Wichita State, which lost on Thursday night, also had 122. Louisville's record during that period is 122-29.

218: The number of career dunks by Montrezl Harrell. He has 77 this season - the second most in school history for a single-season only behind his 97 last season.

585: Terry Rozier has scored 585 points this season, the most by a sophomore at U of L. He has 844 for his career with the Cardinals.

1,254: The number of points for Montrezl Harrell during his career at U of L. He's 34th all-time in school history and passed Jerry Eaves and Rodney McCray in the Northern Iowa game. He needs 27 more to pass Chuck Noble for 33rd on the list.



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