Louisville Basketball: Cardinals likely punched NCAA Tournament ticket after Florida State victory

Michigan forward Moritz Wagner reacts as time winds off the clock at the end of an NCAA Big Ten Conference tournament semifinal college basketball game against Michigan State Saturday

With the victory, the Cardinals advance to the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament, where they will face the top seed of the tournament and No. 1 Virginia.

The Seminoles (20-11, 9-9 ACC) trailed 41-22 in the first half, but they outscored Louisville 52-41 in the final 20 minutes of play.

Louisville is now an 11-seed in Busting Brackets most recent Bracketology update, but with a loss likely could have found themselves on the outside looking in.

The No. 9 seed is now 11-9 all-time versus the No. 8 seed in ACC Tournament games. About noon Wednesday, Louisville was trending downward, having lost seven of its last 10, including the inexplicable last-second loss at home to #1 Virginia that seemed to foretell NIT and not NCAA as the program's postseason destination. The Seminoles had 11 as a team with Ike Obiagu coming away with four.

Florida State actually got off to a good start, aided by the Cardinals' lack of attention to detail.

This was the first NCAA Division I game this season in which both teams blocked 10 or more shots. Consecutive 3-pointers from Spalding, Adel and freshman Darius Perry berated the Seminoles. Spalding leads in rebounds with 8.8 while Snider tops in assists with 4.0 per game.

Quentin Snider's 19 points marked the 22nd time this season and the 59th time overall that the Louisville senior has reached double-digits ... Forrest dished out six assists.

The Cardinals' Deng Adel (15 points) now has 29 double-figure scoring games for the season and 55 for his career ...

The lead extended early in the second half. While Florida State made just 2 of 17 shots to close the half, the Cardinals found traction offensively, going on a 27-5 run to close the half with a blend of post and perimeter scoring. He hit three three-pointers in 1:43 of game time. Leading his team with 19 points, including three of seven behind the 3-point line, five rebounds and three assists.

Savoy and Trent Forrest led the way for the Seminoles in the loss with 14 points apiece.

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