"I'd rather be playing a game like this in front of hopefully 12 to 13,000 fans. And if nine-tenths of them are here for UConn, that's great. The ball is the same. The rims are the same. The length of the court is the same. Any player would rather play in a great environment than possibly be playing where there's 1,500 people, 1,000, that show up for a regional final," he said. "You know, as our game continues to grow, hopefully you can get a site where it's not right in someone's backyard. But we had the same thing last year. We played in Lexington, an hour away, to have a chance to go to a Final Four."
"It was a great basketball game. There was a lot of big plays made by both teams, unfortunately for us they made a few more," Louisville coach Jeff Walz said. "If you didn't sit back and watch this game and appreciate how it was being played, then it's a shame."