State just didn’t have it tonight.
The Pack made a few runs, but never found any rhythm against the Louisville zone, shooting only 38% from the field. Meanwhile, Louisville’s hot-shooting continued, hitting 50% from the field.
After taking a 54-53 lead with 7:19 remaining, State was outscored 14-3 over the next 5:58 as Louisville — much to Uncle Verne’s apparent delight — pulled away for the 75-65 victory.
Louisville advances to the Elite 8 to play the Oklahoma/Michigan State winner. State’s season ends at 22-14.
Box Score: ESPN
It’s never fun to see the season end with a loss, but there’s a lot to look forward to in 2015-16.