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Louisville advances to Big East semifinals

Russ Smith scored 28 points, leading No. 4 Louisville into the Big East tournament semifinals with a 74-55 victory over Villanova last night.

Smith and the defending champion Cardinals (27-5) harassed Villanova into 25 turnovers and advanced to play Notre Dame or Marquette in the late game tonight at Madison Square Garden.

NO. 5 GEORGETOWN 62,
CINCINNATI 43

Conference player of the year Otto Porter Jr. scored 18 points as top-seeded Georgetown advanced to the Big East tournament semifinals.

NO. 19 SYRACUSE 62,
NO. 17 PITTSBURGH 59

James Southerland had a second straight great effort from 3-point range and Michael Carter-Williams scored Syracuse’s last seven points as the 19th-ranked Orange held off Pittsburgh in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament.

BIG TEN TOURNAMENT

NO. 6 MICHIGAN 83, PENN ST. 66

Trey Burke scored 21 points to lead Michigan over Penn State in the first round of the Big Ten tournament, avenging a shocking loss to the Nittany Lions during the regular season.

BIG 12 TOURNAMENT

NO. 7 KANSAS 91, TEXAS TECH 63

Ben McLemore scored 24 points to lead Kansas to a rout of Texas Tech, setting up an intriguing date with Iowa State in the semifinals of the Big 12 tournament.

NO. 11 KANSAS ST. 66, TEXAS 49

Rodney McGruder scored 24 points and sparked an 11-0 run in the second half, lifting Kansas State past Texas in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.

PAC-12 TOURNAMENT

NO. 21 UCLA 80, ARIZONA ST. 75

Shabazz Muhammad scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half, Travis Wear hit a jumper with 11 seconds left and UCLA rallied from a 15-point deficit to beat Arizona State in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 tournament.

NO. 18 ARIZONA 79, COLORADO 69

Nick Johnson scored 18 points and hit a contested shot with 34 seconds left, helping Arizona beat Colorado in the Pac-12 tournament quarterfinals.

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