Oregon's Sweet Dream Ends at 16

The Oregon Ducks (28-9) fell short of the dream of advancing to the Elite-8 by falling to the No. 1 seed Louisville, 77-69 in Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday evening. The Ducks fell into a hole early in the game and was unable match the Cardinals in transition points, and spent the rest of the game trying to catch up.

(PHOTO) Oregon Ducks forward Arsalan Kazemi (14) dunks against the Louisville Cardinals in the second half during the semifinals of the Midwest regional of the 2013 NCAA tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

The Louisville Cardinals showed why they are the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, though the expect rout over Oregon never took place. Louisville had a 45-31 lead at halftime and in the second half built the lead up to 18 points, but Oregon kept coming back until trailing by six, 70-64 with 5:13 left in the game. Louisville then went on an eight-point spurt and held Oregon scoreless for nearly four minutes. Holding a 10-point lead at 76-66 and 1:26 left in the game, all the Ducks could do was try to stay respectable in the closing minute of the game.

Oregon had no good answer for Louisville's Russ Smith who ended up with 31 points for the day. Kevin Ware added 11 and Gorgui Dieng pitched in 10.

The Ducks had four players in double-figure scoring led by E.J. Singler's 15. Dominic Artis and Damyean Dotson both had 12 each and Arsalan Kazemi had a very strong game with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Oregon shot 44.3 percent on 27-of-61 shooting including 5-of-14 in 3-pointers. Oregon shot a chilly 10-of-17 from the charity stripe but in all other aspects of the game, the two teams were relatively close.

Louisville hit 28-of-52 in FGA, including 4-of-13 beyond the 3-point arc. The Cardinals were much more efficient at the free throw line sinking 17-of-26 free throws.

Both teams were nearly identical in rebounding with Oregon having 35-34 advantage with the Ducks pulling down three more offensive boards (12-9) than the Cardinals. Oregon also had two more assists (12-10) while Louisville had two more blocked shots (5-3). The Cardinals did not force Oregon to turnover more as was expected. The Ducks actually had one less turnover (13-12) and both teams had seven steals apiece.

The 2012-13 Ducks won 28 game, which is the fourth most in school history. Singler's 15 point performance gave him 1,546 points, which is 10-place on the all-time scoring list at Oregon and the senior from Medford also hit a 3-pointer which gave him a total of 168 3-point shots made, which is gives him a tie for 10th (with Bryce Taylor).

Kazemi's double-double was the 56th time he has had in his career and the 11th time this season.

Oregon's record is now 14-10 in NCAA Tournament games and 2-1 for Sweet 16 competition and 8-5 in Mid-west regional competition.

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