The No. 2 Duke Blue Devils and No. 1 Louisville Cardinals are competing head to head in the Elite 8, and will be duking it out at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana today at 5:05 p.m. The Duke-Louisville matchup has been described as a “title feel” game—one you won’t want to miss. If you can’t break away to catch the game on TV, however, you can always live stream the Duke vs. Florida game online. You can live stream the Duke vs. Florida Elite 8 game on the official March Madness website, or watch it straight from your smartphone, courtesy of the NCAA March Madness Live App, available in the iTunes App Store and the Android Market/Google Play.
Louisville is the last No. 1 seed remaining in the tournament. The Cardinals outscored Oregon 77-69 on Friday night, taking an early 24-8 lead in the opening minutes. Following the game, Oregon Coach Dana Altman acknowledged, “We dug ourselves a pretty big hole and weren’t able to come back. Louisville is a very good basketball team and very talented.”
Duke showed off their talent, as well, pushing out third-seeded Michigan State 71-61, two weeks after Tom Izzo’s 13-year-old son bet against his father’s own team and picked the Blue Devils to defeat the Spartans in his NCAA tournament bracket. Duke scored nine consecutive points in the early minutes of the second half, allowing the team to easily play their way to victory.
The Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski is on the verge of a 12th Final Four appearance. And considering Duke defeated Louisville 76-71 back in November, he does have a chance of making history. Right now, Coach K is tied for second with North Carolina’s Dean Smith, but a win would make his record equal to UCLA’s “Wizard of Westwood” John Wooden.
Here’s a look at the top plays from the Duke-Louisville game.
With high stakes on the line, here’s what to keep an eye on while watching both teams, courtesy of CBS Sports:
Duke Blue Devils: Duke’s win over Michigan State put the program in a familiar position — in the Elite Eight for the 13th time during the Mike Krzyzewski era. The Blue Devils are 11-1 in the Elite Eight under Coach K, with the only loss coming to Kentucky in 1998. Duke’s last NCAA matchup with Louisville was for the 1986 national championship, won by the Cardinals. Guard Seth Curry has come up big with 72 points in this tournament.
Louisville Cardinals: Louisville is the lone No. 1 seed remaining, fitting for a team that has been as dominant as any in this tournament thus far. After handling Oregon (77-69), the Cardinals are on the verge of their first back-to-back Final Four appearances since 1982-83. U of L is now 16-1 over its last 17 games, with the only loss a five-overtime oddity against Notre Dame on Feb. 9. Russ Smith (18.8 ppg) had 31 points in the win over Oregon, and now has 81 in the tournament.