If you watched just the first 10 minutes of the game between No. 2 seed Louisville and No. 15 seed Jacksonville State, you might think their seedings were reversed. Louisville stunned fans and Coach Rick Pitino by somehow missing four, “point-blank layups,” as the coach called them.
Indeed, it looked like we were poised to see a No. 15 seed upset a No. 2 seed for only the ninth time in history. But then Louisville, the team with one of the most dependable offenses in the nation, got enough baskets to end the half back on top, 38-31.
Hand it to the Gamecocks for being able to hang, with Coach Ray Harper at the helm, it’d be silly to count them out. Without star power, Harper’s led teams to four national titles in Division II and NAIA. Why couldn’t he do it for Division I?
If an upset does happen, it will be stunning for a team like Louisville, which has reached the Final Four four times in its last five tournaments. Plus being the No. 2 seed’s always proven lucky for them. The last two times they came in at No. 2, they won the whole thing.