Russ Smith Scores 31 as Louisville Ousts Oregon
NCAA College Basketball
Russ Smith scored 16 of his 31 points in the first half to help top seed Louisville beat 12th seed Oregon, 77-69, and book a spot in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament Friday at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Smith hit nine of 16 shots and 12 of 14 attempts from the charity stripe to finish just five short of Louisville school record for most points in a NCAA Tournament game held by Junior Bridgeman, who scored 36 against Rutgers in 1975.
The win put the Cardinals in the Elite Eight for the 13th time in program history and for the fourth time in the last six years. They will take on Duke in the Elite Eight.
Kevin Ware added 11 and Gorgui Dieng had 10 for the Cardinals (32-5), who shot 17-for-28 from the field for an outstanding 60.7 percent in the first half to take a 45-31 lead at the break.
EJ Singler scored 15 points to lead four other teammates in double digits for the Ducks, who ended their season with a 28-9 mark.
Dominic Artis and Damyean Dotson added 12 points each, Arzalan Kazemi had 11 points and 12 boards while Carlos Emory had 10 for the Ducks, who shot 40 percent in the opening half but was outmuscled by the Cardinals in the shaded lane, 28-14.
Smith scored nine early points to give the Cardinals a 24-8 cushion in the first half but the Ducks answered with an 11-4 burst, capped by a Kazemi layup, to cut the gap to 28-19.
However, the Cardinals outscored the Ducks, 17-12, in the last 7:31 to stretch their lead to 14 going into the second half.
In the second half, the Cardinals extended their lead to 66-48 behind a 7-0 run capped by a triple by Luke Hancock with 9:04 to play.
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 Sweet 16.
Louisville vs. Oregon highlights
- Rutgers Negotiating Eddie Jordan for Head Coaching Vacancy
- Yale Wins First NCAA National Hockey Title
- Michigan Survives Late Syracuse Rally
- Hancock and Smith Shine as Louisville Advances to NCAA Title Game
- Rutgers President Under Scrutiny for Handling of Ex-Basketball Coach
- Richard Pitino to Coach Minnesota Golden Gophers
- Louisville Guard Kevin Ware Undergoes Successful Leg Surgery
- Louisville Blows by Duke to Second Straight Final Four Appearance
- Nik Stauskas Lifts Michigan to Final Four for First Time in 20 Years
- Wichita State Shocks Ohio State, Dances into Final Four
- Syracuse Shuts Down Marquette, 55-39
- UCLA Hires Coach Steve Alford Away from New Mexico
- Florida Ends Florida Gulf Coasts's Cinderella Run
- Florida Outhustles Florida Gulf Coast
- Russ Smith Scores 31 as Louisville Ousts Oregon
- Michigan Caps Comeback with OT Victory over Kansas
- Seth Curry Leads Duke Past Michigan State
- Basketball Head Coach Brad Stevens Staying at Butler
- UCLA Said to be Targeting Butler Coach Brad Stevens
- Michael Carter-Williams Stars as Syracuse Upsets Top Seed Indiana
- LaQuinton Ross Trey Lifts Ohio State Past Arizona, into Elite Eight
- Marquette Dominates Miami in Sweet 16
- Wichita State Cruises Past La Salle
- Florida Gulf Coast Trying to Stay Focused
- Sweet 16 Preview: Florida Gulf Coast vs. Florida
- Sweet 16 Preview: Michigan St vs. Duke
- Sweet 16 Preview: Syracuse vs. Indiana
- Sweet 16 Preview: Oregon vs. Louisville
- Sweet 16 Preview: La Salle vs. Wichita State
- Sweet 16 Preview: Michigan vs. Kansas
- Shaka Smart Agrees to Stay at VCU until 2023
- Notre Dame Losses All Four 2012 Class Players
- Northwestern Close to Head Coaching Deal with Chris Collins
- Florida Gulf Coast Coach Enfield Denies Having Vast Wealth
- Cowboys Stadium to Host 2015 BCS Football Title Game
- 2013 NCAA Tournament Photo Reflections
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