LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Shoni Schimmel scored 20 points, and fifth-seeded Louisville beat Middle Tennessee 74-49 on Sunday for its fifth straight opening NCAA tournament win under coach Jeff Walz.
Louisville (25-8) will play No. 4 seed Purdue, a 77-43 winner over Liberty, on Tuesday night in the second round of the Oklahoma City Regional.
Middle Tennessee (25-8) had won seven in a row. The Blue Raiders have dropped six straight first-round NCAA games.
Monique Reid added 15 points for Louisville. Bria Smith had 10 points and 10 rebounds with six assists, while Jude Schimmel added 11 points.
The Cardinals now are 4-1 all-time against Middle Tennessee, and they jumped on the Blue Raiders from the start.