Louisville focused on stopping Bradley Beal, Gators' 3-point shooting
When Florida and Louisiville meet this afternoon in the NCAA Tournament West Region final, the Cardinals' focus will be on stopping Gator freshman guard Bradley Beal and the Gators' 3-point shooters.
Florida has not shot the ball well from 3-point range in this tournament, but Louisville insists that could turn around at any moment. The Gators still lead the nation in 3-point attempts made (9.7 per game). Louisville's defense had held opponents to 60 points or fewer in 23 games.
"Our ball pressure is like tremendous,'' Louisville's Chris Smith said. "We trace the ball wherever it goes. And we just really try to keep it out of reaching the three‑point line. And with this team we have to step out even deeper with NBA range, because those guys can really shoot it.''
Added Kyle Kuric: "We put pressure on the pass, so they can't get a clean pass, they can't get shot off as quick. And we extend our
defense to the point where they have to shoot the ball really deep or under duress.''
As for Beal, who had 21 points and six rebounds against Marquette, Louisville plans to put extra emphasis on limiting him.
"I would say we have to just limit his touches and play great team defense all around to just keep the ball out of his hands,'' Smith said.