A fast but inefficient game
Louisville scored 71 points on 73 possessions, its fifth-lowest offensive efficiency in a game this season.
Three of the Cardinals’ five losses this season have come in games with at least 73 possessions. Duke won that day despite an offensive efficiency of 104.1 points per 100 possessions, its fourth-lowest in a win this season.
Duke won the transition battle
Duke outscored Louisville 14-6 in transition, with eight of its 14 transition points coming in the second half.
The Cardinals’ six transition points were their fewest this season.
In the 2013 NCAA tournament, Louisville is outscoring teams by 8.0 transition points per game. Duke has scored only one more transition point than its opponents in the tournament.
Louisville could not get Duke to make enough mistakes
Louisville forced a turnover on 19 percent of Duke’s possessions Nov. 24, its fourth-lowest percentage in a game this season.
The Cardinals were unable to capitalize on 14 Duke turnovers, scoring 14 points off them, tied for their second-fewest this season (they also scored 14 off Oregon turnovers on Friday in the Sweet 16).
Louisville is 2-2 this season when it forces a turnover on fewer than 20 percent of its opponent's possessions.
Louisville did own the paint ...
The Cardinals scored 46 of their 71 points in the paint (64.8 percent), their highest percentage of the season. The 46 points -- which came without Gorgui Dieng in the lineup -- was Louisville's second-highest paint-points total of the season.
Duke was outscored by 20 paint points, tied for its worst paint differential this season (the Blue Devils were also outscored by 20 on Feb. 7 versus North Carolina State).
... but Plumlee made the most of Dieng’s absence
Mason Plumlee scored a team-high 16 points, with all six of his made field goals coming in the paint.
Plumlee was able to get to the rim without Dieng in the lineup, as all of his made shots were either layups or dunks.