Senior Mangok Mathiang recorded a double-double in Louisville's 71-64 win over Notre Dame

Louisville secured a double-bye in the upcoming ACC Tournament with a 71-64 win over Notre Dame on Saturday

Led by Donovan Mitchell's 20 points, a trio of Cardinals scored double-figures to Louisville to a 71-64 win over Notre Dame at a sold-out KFC Yum! Center on Saturday afternoon.

Senior Mangok Mathiang recorded a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Quentin Snider added 17 points.  

The win secures a double-bye for Louisville in the upcoming ACC Tournament.

"We achieved our goal of getting part of the double-bye, which was one of our goals of the season," U of L head coach Rick Pitino said.  "Real proud of our guys."

The Cardinals complete the regular season with a 24-7 overall record and a 12-6 ACC mark.

Game MVP

Donovan Mitchell and Quentin Snider both hit some key shots late in the game, but Mangok Mathiang was key throughout the contest.

Playing in his final game at the KFC Yum! Center, the senior recorded a double-double by finishing with a career-best 18 points and 11 rebounds, including six on the offensive end.  He connected on 8-of-17 from the floor in a game that saw the Cardinals connect on just 40 percent of their shots as a team.

Recording his third double-double of the season, Mathiang also had a block and a steal, with just two personal fouls in his 28 minutes of action.

"Mangok gave a tremendous lift with a great basketball game," said Pitino.  "What a great senior night for him."


*** Quentin Snider was the only Cardinal to shoot above 50 percent from the floor, connecting on 6-of-8.  The Louisville Ballard product was huge from beyond the arc, hitting 4-of-5 attempts - all coming in the second half.  He also handed out six assists.

*** Playing in all 40 minutes, sophomore Donovan Mitchell scored 13 second half points and finished with a game-high 20 to lead Louisville. He hit 7-of-8 from the free throw line.  He also pulled down five rebounds and had two steals, with just one turnover. It marked the ninth time this season that Mitchell has scored at least 20 points.

*** While the team has struggled from the free throw line throughout the season, the Cardinals hit 14-of-16 against the Irish.

A few leftovers

*** Louisville out-rebounded the Irish 44-27.  In addition to Mathiang's game-high effort, Ray Spalding and Jaylen Johnson finished second on the team with seven boards each, with Deng Adel pulling down six.

*** Notre Dame's Steve Vasturia blitzed the Cardinals for a game-high 24 points in the first meeting between the two programs, a 77-70 win in South Bend, but struggled on Saturday.   The senior guard connected on just 3-of-10 attempts, without hitting a three-pointer, to finish with just eight points in 37 minutes of play.

*** The Cardinals now own a 21-15 series lead over Notre Dame, including 13-3 in Louisville.  Rick Pitino is 9-8 against Notre Dame while head coach of Louisville.

Up Next

The Cardinals await final seeding for the ACC Tournament, but the win does secure a double-bye in the tournament that will be held at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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