Fri March 29, 2013
Louisville Cards Advance to NCAA Elite Eight
Russ Smith matched his career high with 31 points to lead three Cardinals in double figures, and top-seeded Louisville overcame its toughest test yet in a 77-69 victory over Oregon on Friday night in the men's NCAA tournament.
Kevin Ware added 11 and Gorgui Dieng had 10 points and nine rebounds for Louisville, which has now won 13 straight.
The 12th-seeded Ducks (28-9) managed to make a game of it late. After Louisville went up 66-48 with 9:01 left, Oregon made six straight field goals to pull within 70-64 — the closest anyone's been to the Cardinals in a couple of weeks. But Kevin Ware scored on a layup and Chane Behanan threw down a monstrous dunk to put the game out of reach.
Louisville (32-5) plays Duke on Sunday. Tipoff is shortly after 5:00pm. The Blue Devils defeated Michigan State to advance to the Midwest Region final.
In the women’s NCAA tournament, Kentucky takes on Delaware Saturday in third round action in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Tipoff is at noon.
Louisville returns to tournament action Sunday against top-seeded Baylor in Oklahoma City. Tipoff is at 7:00pm.