Louisville holds off plucky Wichita State

Louisville Cardinals' Luke Hancock (centre) celebrates with teammate Stephan Van Treese (left) as...

Louisville Cardinals' Luke Hancock (centre) celebrates with teammate Stephan Van Treese (left) as Peyton Siva watches after they defeated the Wichita State Shockers in their NCAA Final Four game yesterday. (Chris Keane/Reuters)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:38 PM ET

It wasn’t pretty, but, then, many of Rick Pitino’s teams aren’t — but it was a win and a thriller.

The most important of the season so far for the 34-5 Louisville Cardinals, 72-68 skin-of-their-teeth victors over the plucky 30-9 Wichita State Shockers.

The Cardinals, triumphant in 15 straight games now, rallied from an 11-point deficit in the second half thanks to a punishing full-court press, avoiding what would have been one of the most monumental upsets in NCAA tournament history and going through to Monday’s championship game.

In the Final Four for the first time since 1965, the Shockers jumped out to an early 8-0 lead and took advantage of some horrid Louisville free throw and field goal shooting to take a one-point lead into the half.


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