The No. 2 Louisville Cardinals finished with a 10-4 run to end the first half and currently lead the No. 13 Missouri Tigers, 39-31. Junior guard Russ Smith leads the Cardinals with 10 points, four steals and three rebounds. Missouri's Phil Pressey leads all scorers with 12 points.
Turnovers were a factor in the first half. Louisville forced 13 Missouri turnovers, leading to several fast break opportunities. This kept the Cardinals in the lead despite being outshot by Missouri in the first half, 47.8% to 37.8%.
The winner of this semifinals match up in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament will advance to play Duke in the finals on Saturday.