Michael McCammon

Here's the Cardinal Authority notebook from Louisville's 73-69 loss to Michigan

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Cardinals out-rebounded Michigan, but fell 73-69

Don't blame the hustle

Louisville's loss to Michigan wasn't a result due to a lack of hustle.  The Cardinals out-worked the Wolverines for much of the game, out-pacing Michigan on the boards, in the paint and on second chance points.

The Cardinals finished with a positive seven rebound margin, leading to a 17-12 advantage on second-chance points and a 44-40 scoring margin in the paint.

U of L's struggles continued a season-long theme, mental struggles - especially on the defensive end.

"As a coach, you can never complain when you give great effort," U of L head coach Rick Pitino said.  "All year, it's been very tough on the whole team to focus in mentally on the little things that make a great defensive team."

Donovan Mitchell leads team, plans to continue

Sophomore guard Donovan Mitchell led the Cardinals in scoring on Sunday with 19-point effort on 8-of-17 shooting.  The The Greenwich, Conn., product averaged nearly 19 points per game over the course of his last 20 outings.  He also finished with a team-high five assists - the fourth time he's accomplished that this season.

Playing a team-high 37 minutes on Sunday, Mitchell also recorded a steal and a block without turning the ball over.

While there has been speculation during the second half of the season that he could turn pro following this season, Mitchell spoke of returning following the game.

"I'm not even thinking about that," he said.  "I'm just focused on winning with this team."

RELATED: Mitchell's talks about return

Stay tuned.

Updated Records

For the first time in the program's history, Louisville lost in the NCAA tournament as a No. 2 seed.  With a pair of national titles from that seed, U of L is now 12-1 overall when placed as a No. 2 seed.

The Cardinals are now 4-3 all-time when facing a No. 7 seed in the tournament.

U of L is now 10-3 all-time when playing in an NCAA tournament game held in Indianapolis.

Rick Pitino's overall tournament record drops to 54-19.  His record in the tournament's second round dropped to 13-4, including a 7-3 mark at Louisville.

Mangok Mathiang impressive in final outing

Cardinals senior center Mangok Mathiang saw him minutes limited due to foul trouble, but he was more than effective while on the hardwood.

Playing in what turned out to be his final game as a Cardinal, Mathiang connected on 6-of-7 attempts and scored 13 points in just 18 minutes of action.  He also recorded four rebounds.

Tony Hicks final Cardinal outing

Graduate transfer Tony Hicks also played in his final game as a Cardinal and was called into extra duty due to foul trouble with Quentin Snider. 

The backup point guard played 15 minutes, scoring seven points.  He also registered a pair of steals, an assist and a rebound.


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