Originally posted on The Cardinal Connect  |  Last updated 3/30/13
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Louisville has advanced to their fourth regional final in the last six years. Rick Pitino’s Cardinals defeated No. 12 seed Oregon 77-69 in the round of sixteen. This was easily Louisville’s sloppiest game of the tournament, but it’s hard to not give Oregon credit for that. Three times in the second half Louisville extending their lead to 18, but each time Oregon was able to chip that lead to single digits. Louisville was out-rebounded tonight and actually committed more turnovers than Oregon, but was still able to hang on with a comfortable win. A lot of that had to do with the performance of Russ Smith. In three games in the tournament Smith has a total of 79 points. He finished with 31-points tonight, which tied his career high. Kevin Ware and Gorgui Dieng were the only other two Cardinals in double figures. Ware provided a great spark off of the bench when Peyton Siva picked up two fouls in the first half. He finished with 11-points on five of seven from the floor. Dieng had 11-p...
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