At No. 5 in the rankings, the Louisville Cardinals were right where they needed to be. That is, until Houston pulled off the upset in a dominating 36-10 win.
Sure, it looks like Lamar Jackson has all but won the award, but don’t forget what happened last season. Almost everyone was ready to give the award to Leonard Fournette, but a 31-yard effort in a loss against Alabama began his downfall.
This was the best feeling of all. The Cardinals (35-5) lived up to their billing as the top overall seed in the tournament, though they sure had to work for it.Louisville trailed Wichita State by a dozen in the second half of the national semifinals, before rallying for a 72-68 victory. This time, they fell behind by 12 in the first half, though a stunning spurt at the end of the period wiped out the entire deficit.
The Louisville guard, who broke his tibia in horrific fashion during the Cardinals’ Elite Eight game against Duke on Sunday, is hoping to be discharged from an Indianapolis hospital on Tuesday afternoon and return to his teammates at school.