Louisville just finished its regular season with a 59-57 victory over No. 2 Virginia at the KFC Yum! Center. What made the Cards' victory so remarkable was just how they got it done.
After Virginia's Malcolm Brogdon put the Cavs up 57-56 on a three-pointer with 16 seconds to play, Louisville had a chance to win it. The Cavaliers doubled UL point guard Terry Rozier off of a pick-and-roll, leaving big man Mangok Mathiang wide-open.
Since January 31st, Mathiang had made just one of 16 field goal attempts. He had not attempted a shot in 14 minutes today. Naturally, he swished the foul line jumper off Rozier's feed like it was second nature.
Virginia's foul-court inbounds pass landed out of bounds, and Rozier finished things off with a free throw. Louisville's win clinched the No. 4 seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament, and a coveted double-bye into the quarterfinals.
All thanks to the 6-foot-10 sophomore from Australia who found his way into the scoring column at the most opportune time.