Unlike the last time Louisville was the NCAA Tournament's No. 1 overall seed, there were no uneasy moments for the Cards on Thursday night in Rupp Arena.
Paced by Russ Smith's 23 points and eight steals, U of L dominated North Carolina A&T in a game they never trailed. Wayne Blackshear chipped in 12 points, while Peyton Siva notched eight assists and four steals. As a team, Louisville recorded 20 steals and turned the Aggies over 25 times.
--Dark Slime received a standing ovation inside Rupp Arena tonight. That is all.
--Chane Behanan told Kent Taylor earlier in the day that he thought the game would be a "dunk fest." He then proceeded to record an offensive goaltend and embarrassingly blow a breakaway dunk in the game's first 10 minutes. Pump the breaks on the pregame talk, my man.
Stephan Van Treese on Chane Behanan's missed dunk: "I expect those out of me, not Chane."— Jody Demling (@jdemling) March 22, 2013
--Denny and the bird mask:
--Montrezl Harrell is one of the five coolest people on the planet.
--Stephan Van Treese's first NCAA Tournament stat line: four points, two dunks and seven rebounds in 19 minutes.
--Four down, five to go.
Much more coming later.