Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

NCAA Tournament: Pitino tells his team a "spy'' is actually a reporter"

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That was the night Spike Albrecht hit four straight 3-pointers and scored 18 first-half points.

Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell finished with nine points, a career-high 10 rebounds and a career-high five assists. After Wagner scored three straight field goals to keep the team afloat, MI started cutting into the lead.

Justin Jackson broke out of a shooting slump with 21 points to help top-seeded North Carolina roll past Texas Southern 103-64 on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament's South Region.

But Michigan (25-11) has done nothing by the book lately.

Standing in their way are the red-hot, seventh-seeded Michigan Wolverines and star guard Derrick Walton Jr.

Louisville is getting caught up in the coaching carousel as it plays its NCAA Tournament game. "It wasn't because of a lack of effort", Jacksonville State coach Ray Harper. Arkansas State officials said Balado would be introduced at a Monday press conference.

It is hard to think of Rick Pitino as living hoops history, what with his still relatively boyish looks at age 64, and his ongoing college basketball relevance, now well into the 21st century. He replaces Grant McCasland, who resigned Monday to take over North Texas' program. Washington announced it has hired Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins as its next head coach.

Michigan's Zak Irvin has rediscovered his midrange game but still is lacking consistent three-point shooting, just 2-for-8 the past two games.

It was by far the best game of the tournament to this point, as MI couldn't miss from deep and the Cowboys rebounded what seemed like almost every one of their misses for a layup.

Welcome back to our live coverage of Louisville basketball, and this time a trip to the Sweet 16 is on the line. Louisville was making its first postseason appearance since 2015 after sitting out last year because of a one-year, school-imposed postseason ban for alleged recruiting violations. Pitino had defeated Beilein's West Virginia team in the 2005 NCAA Tournament as well as his MI team in the 2013 NCAA championship game. Any notion of the NCAA Tournament was mostly contrived.

And these Cardinals are eager to stick around this year after already learning one tough lesson about being a one-and-done team in the ACC Tournament.

Louisville's Jaylen Johnson dunks the ball during the first half of a second-round game against MI in the men's NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday, March 19, 2017, in Indianapolis.

Louisville: The Cardinals are seeded second for the third time in tourney history and won national titles each of the two previous times.

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