And it turned out, that huge cushion came in handy.
Louisville (20-12, 9-9 ACC) defeated the Seminoles 82-74, but it wasn't as close as the score indicated.
"I'm sure this significantly helps our resume", said Padgett, the interim coach who took over when Rick Pitino was sacked before the season.
The ACC Tournament moves on the to the quarterfinals on Thursday, March 8, 2018.
A redshirt freshman, Oliver had made just four 3-pointers all season before this game.
"This is our chance", Snider said. "The idea was for us to punch first".
Ayton missed numerous shots near the rim, fouling out after scoring 10 points on 4-of-14 shooting and grabbing six rebounds.
"They know us and we know them", he said. "Our guys did a great job".
Louisville opened the game by connecting on four of its first five shots from the floor to open an 11-7 advantage with 15:42 remaining in the first half, but the hot shooting wouldn't last for the Cardinals. Bamba followed with a nice putback, Coleman added a couple of foul shots, and Bamba hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from the wing to draw the Longhorns within 35-28 at the break.
"(We) gave them an exceptional number of opportunities to get out and get long bounces and get out in transition", Hamilton said. With Grantham out, the battle on the glass could go either way, thanks to the improved play of Steffon Mitchell, so turnovers could be the difference between BC continuing its inspiring run or coming up short against the Tigers.
As has so often been the case in ACC Tournaments over the years, we're treated to part three of the Duke-North Carolina rivalry.
The Cardinals will have to wait until Sunday to learn their fate after losing to Virginia. Adel scored in double figures for the 24th straight game. The twelfth-seeded Eagles have already made history by becoming the first team in the conference to advance to the round of eight after beginning the tournament in the preliminary stages since the format of the tournament was restructured back in the 2010-11 season. The lone win during that time came on the road at the Virginia Tech Hokies.
The teams combined for 21 blocked shots (11 by FSU), a tournament record.
They'll certainly have their hands full with a highly motivated Duke squad fresh off an 88-70 win over Notre Dame. The Cards definitely helped their cause yesterday with their win over Florida State, but a victory over the tournament's top seed and unanimous No. 1 team in the country would solidify their spot in the NCAA tournament.
The semifinals will be held tomorrow night, with the title game being played Saturday in prime time. Louisville leads the all-time series 34-11 after taking two of three meetings this season, with each winning on the other's home court. The Cards shot 1-of-9 during the stretch.
First-ranked Virginia knocks men's basketball out of the ACC conference tournament with a 75-58 win in the quarterfinals.