Now everyone knows why Louisville coach Rick Pitino wanted nothing to do with Manhattan.
Luke Hancock hit two huge 3-pointers in the final 1:19 to help Louisville finally shake free from tenacious Manhattan, 71-64 in the NCAA tournament Thursday night in Orlando, Fla.
The defending national champions were down 58-55 with less than 4 minutes remaining -- getting outplayed for most of the second half -- before coming alive from behind the arc.
Guard Russ Smith, who finished with 18 points, got things going with a game-tying 3 from the wing. Hancock delivered the knockout blows. He stole an inbound pass, got fouled and made both free throws. He hit the first of two daggers with a little more than a minute left and the second with 28 seconds remaining.
Fourth-seeded Louisville (30-5) is trying to become the first since Florida in 2007 to win back-to-back titles.
The 13th-seeded Jaspers (25-8), coached by Pitino's former assistant, Steve Masiello, attacked Louisville's weaknesses and gave it fits on the defensive end. Masiello was at times calling out Louisville's plays.
"That's one of the best coaching jobs that I have seen in my 39 years," Pitino said.
Masiello was equally disappointed in the draw and the outcome.
"It hurts. You know, if I'm going to lose to anyone, I guess lose to him," Masiello said referring to Pitino.
Texas 87, Arizona State 85: Cameron Ridley's buzzer-beating layup lifted the seventh-seeded Longhorns (24-10) over the Sun Devils (21-12).
Michigan 57, Wofford 40: Glenn Robinson III scored 14 points and the second-seeded Wolverines (26-8) beat the 15th-seeded Terriers (20-13) despite missing 15 of their first 18 shots in the second half.
Saint Louis 83, N.C. State 80: Rob Loe scored 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, helping the fifth-seeded Billikens (27-6) wipe out a late 14-point deficit and pull away in overtime to beat the 12th-seeded Wolfpack (22-14).
San Diego State 73, New Mexico State 69: Xavier Thames scored the first basket of overtime and made three of four free throws at the end of the extra session to help the fourth-seeded Aztecs (30-4) beat the 13th-seeded Aggies (26-10). It was the fourth overtime game Thursday, setting an NCAA tournament record for one day, according to STATS.
Wisconsin 75, American 35: Ben Brust scored 17 points and the second-seeded Badgers (27-7) devastated the 15th-seeded Eagles (20-13).
Oregon 87, BYU 68: Milwaukee native Elgin Cook scored a career-high 23 points in a happy homecoming, helping the seventh-seeded Ducks (24-9) beat the 10th-seeded Cougars (23-12).
Harvard 61, Cincinnati 57: Siyani Chambers scored 11 points, including five straight in the final 2 minutes, and the 12th-seeded Crimson (27-4) won its second NCAA tournament game in history, upsetting the fifth-seeded Bearcats (27-7). Wesley Saunders led Harvard with 12 points as the Crimson pulled off an upset for the second straight year. Last year, Harvard upset New Mexico as a 14 seed.
The Crimson became the first Ivy League school with NCAA tournament wins in consecutive years since Princeton in 1983-84.
Michigan State 93, Delaware 78: Adreian Payne scored a career-high 41 points to help the fourth-seeded Spartans (27-8) off to a solid start with a rout of the 13th-seeded Blue Hens (25-10). Payne, a 6-foot-10 senior, set an NCAA tournament record by making all 17 of his free throws.
Connecticut 89, Saint Joseph's 81: Shabazz Napier shook off a miss at the second-half buzzer to score nine of his 24 points in overtime and lead the seventh-seeded Huskies (27-8) past the Hawks (24-10). UConn won its first tournament game under coach Kevin Ollie, who took over two years ago after Jim Calhoun stepped down with health issues.
Villanova 73, Milwaukee 53: Darrun Hilliard scored 16 points, JayVaughn Pinkston added 13 and the No. 2 seed Wildcats (29-4) thumped the No. 15 seed Panthers (21-14).
Dayton 60, Ohio State 59: Vee Sanford scored on a layup with 3.8 seconds left to lift the 11th-seeded Flyers (24-10) over the sixth-seeded Buckeyes (25-10). Ohio State had one last chance to pull out the victory, but Aaron Craft's driving 10-footer rolled off the rim as the buzzer sounded.
Florida 67, Albany 55: Dorian Finney-Smith scored 16 points, most of them on dunks, and the top-seeded Gators (33-2) used a second-half surge to beat the 16th-seeded Great Danes (19-15). Florida extended its school-record winning streak to 27 games.
Pittsburgh 77, Colorado 48: Talib Zanna scored 16 of his 18 points in the opening half, helping the ninth-seeded Panthers (26-9) build a 28-point lead and rout the eighth-seeded Buffaloes (23-12).
Syracuse 77, W. Michigan 53: Third-seeded Syracuse's backcourt of Trevor Cooney and Tyler Ennis combined for 34 points and the Orange (28-5) beat the 11th-seeded Broncos (23-10).