[3:30 PM] #10 Louisville v. #20 Baylor

Who will WIN the championship?

#10 Louisville Cardinals (5-0)

#20 Baylor Bears (5-0)


Baylor posted a solid first-round win against VCU before pounding No. 20 Michigan State in the second half on Thursday. The Bears outscored the Spartans by 18 after intermission to win 73-58, keeping their unblemished record intact. Motley has recorded 45 points and 16 rebounds in the first two Battle 4 Atlantis games.

The Cardinals topped Wichita State 62-52 on Thursday as Donovan Mitchell notched 14 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals.

The Bears’ three-man starting backcourt struggled on Thursday as Manu Lecomte, Ishmail Wainwright and Al Freeman combined for 24 points on 8-of-24 shooting. That said, Lecomte and Wainwright each dished out eight assists as Baylor finished with 24 assists on 30 buckets (and only committed seven turnovers). Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. chipped in a season-high 14 points against Michigan State and shot 6-of-7 from the field, improving his numbers to a crisp 13-of-17 over the last three games.

The Cardinals held Wichita State to 17 first-half points and limited the Shockers to 31.6 percent shooting for the game. Quentin Snider supplied 14 points, although the junior guard has shot no better than 36.4 percent in any of the five games this season. Deng Adel scored in double figures for the third time in his last four games, contributing 11 points behind a career-high three 3-pointers.

Louisville notched eight blocks on Thursday – all from its bench – including six by F Anas Mahmoud.


StreakSmarts Pick: #10 Louisville Cardinals

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick