INDIANAPOLIS (Sporting Alert, Box Score) — Russ Smith scored 31 points on 9-of-16 shooting and No. 1 overall seed Louisville beat Oregon 77-69 in their sweet 16 NCAA March Madness clash at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Friday night.
Kevin Ware added 11 points and Gorgui Dieng chipped in with 10 points and nine rebounds and the Cardinals (32-5), which led all the way moved on to face the winner of the Duke-Michigan State clash later tonight.
This game will be played on Sunday.
E.J. Singler paced the Ducks (28-9) with 15 points and six boards, while Damyean Dotson and Dominic Artis both added 12 points in the defeat.
Arsalan Kazemi finished with a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds with Carlos Emory adding 10 points for the 12th-seed Oregon, which saw its tournament run coming a disappointing end.
Louisville led 45-31 at half-time, while the win was their 13th victory in a row.
Oregon: A. Kazemi 11 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk
Louisville: R. Smith 31 Pts, 2 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk