Northwestern (16-8, 11-7 Big Ten) has a chance to follow up its first NCAA Tournament win in 28 years with its first-ever trip to the Sweet Sixteen. The Wildcats have a tall task ahead of them, though, as they face the 2-seed Louisville Cardinals (24-3, 16-3 ACC).
After pouring in 25 points on 9-of-16 shooting, senior guard Lindsey Pulliam will be called upon to score early and often once again. The Cardinals are balanced, ranking sixth in both defensive and offensive ratings, per Her Hoop Stats. They aren’t big, though, and are a middle-of-the-pack rebounding team, which helps an undersized NU squad.
Tasked with slowing down a team that puts up nearly 79 points per game, the ‘Cats will have to drag the Cards into the mud and just hang around for as long as they can.
Some pregame reading to get you ready: an opponent preview, how Northwestern made good offensive adjustments against UCF, Lindsey Pulliam seized the moment and the recap of NU’s historic 62-51 win in the First Round
Matchup (tournament seeds): No. 7 Northwestern vs. No. 2 Louisville
Location: Alamodome - North Court (San Antonio, Texas)
Game Time: 4 p.m. CT
Radio: WNUR Sports 89.3 FM
Online: Watch ESPN
Prediction (via HerHoopsStats.com): Louisville 70-60, 18.5% chance of a Northwestern win