2) Louisville Cardinals (24-3, 14-2) vs. 7) Northwestern Wildcats (16-8, 11-7)
NCAA Tournament Second Round
Game Time: 5 p.m.
Announcers: Pam Ward (play-by-play) and LaChina Robinson (analyst)
Location: Alamodome: San Antonio, TX
Favorite: Louisville by 6.5
Probable Starting Lineup:
Northwestern ran its overall season record to 16-8 with a 62-51 win over Central Florida in the NCAA tournament’s first round on Monday. The Wildcats are led in scoring by senior guard Lindsey Pulliam, an All-Big Ten second team honoree and one of three Wildcats all-time to earn four All-Big Ten honors in four seasons. With 25 points in the win over UCF, she became the third Wildcat to score 2,000 in her career.
Veronica Burton was named the 2021 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and earned a spot on the All-Big Ten first team. After winning the same individual award in 2020, Burton becomes the fifth player in conference history to have won the honor twice. She leads the country with 3.9 steals per game and scored her 1,000th career point against Maryland.
Head Coach Joe McKeown is making his 19th NCAA Tournament appearance of his career and second at Northwestern. McKeown has advanced to four Sweet 16s and one Elite Eight with George Washington.
I don’t think anyone is ready to start part of the calendar that’s completely void of U of L basketball. We all need a couple more weeks.
Let’s go Cards.