No. 3 Louisville 83, No. 2 Notre Dame 77 (ot)
Records: Louisville (25-8); Notre Dame (26-6)
Louisville advances to the BIG EAST Championship final for the second time with tonight’s win. The Cardinals last reached the final in 2009, when Louisville defeated Syracuse 76-66 to win its first BIG EAST title.
Louisville will face Connecticut in Saturday’s BIG EAST final. The Cardinals and Huskies have never met in the BIG EAST Championship. Louisville won both regular-season meetings between the schools.
This year’s tournament is the first BIG EAST Championship to have both semifinals decided in overtime.
The three overtime games in this year’s BIG EAST Championship ties the tournament record. The 1998 Championship saw two first-round games and a second-round game decided in overtime.
Tonight’s game was the 27th overtime game in BIG EAST Championship history.
Louisville trailed 46-32 at halftime tonight, making the 14-point comeback the third-largest halftime deficit overcome in the BIG EAST Championship. USF trailed by 16 before defeating Villanova 70-69 Tuesday, while Syracuse trailed by 15 before beating Georgetown 58-57 in 2006.
Preston Knowles scored 10 of his team-high 20 points in the final 2:47 of regulation and the overtime period.
Louisville had BIG EAST Championship team highs in points (83) and rebounds (49). The 77 points allowed were the most by a Cardinal opponent in a BIG EAST tournament game.
Louisville had two fewer offensive rebounds (23) than Notre Dame had defensive rebounds (25).
Notre Dame shot 56.7 percent from the field in the first half and 27.3 percent in the second half.
The game was the first overtime game in 24 BIG EAST tournament contests for Notre Dame. It was the third overtime game in 10 BIG EAST Championship games for Louisville.