Friday's NCAA Tournament summaries
Louisville 103, Arizona 64.
NDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Earl Clark had 19 points and nine rebounds,
leading Louisville to one of the most lopsided routs in regional
round history, 103-64 over Arizona.
Louisville (31-5) played like the top seed in the NCAA
tournament. Louisville topped 100 points for the first time this
season and moving into the Midwest final against Michigan State. It
was the Cardinals' most one-sided win ever in the tournament.
Twelfth-seeded Arizona (21-14) was led by Chase Budinger with 22
Louisville built a 21-point halftime lead and eliminated any
comeback hopes by opening the second half on an 18-5 run that made
it 67-33. Coach Rick Pitino's club made 14 3-pointers and shot
nearly 57 percent from the field.
The Cardinals just missed cracking the top five for most
lopsided victories in regional history. UCLA set the record in 1967
with a 49-point rout of Wyoming. The five most lopsided games in
history all occurred before 1972.
Michigan St. 67, Kansas 62.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Goran Suton scored 20 points and Michigan
State rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit to knock off
defeating defending NCAA champion Kansas 67-62 in the Midwest
Kalin Lucas added 18 points and sseven assists for the Spartans
(29-6). Lucas broke a 60-60 tie with a three-point play with 48.1
seconds that put Michigan State up for good. Lucas sealed it with
four free throws in the final 26 seconds as Michigan State closed
out Kansas with a 12-2 run.
Michigan State advanced to play Louisville on Sunday for a trip
to the Final Four. The top-seeded Cardinals defeated Arizona 103-64
earlier in the night.
Sherron Collins scored 20 points and Cole Aldrich had 17 points
and 14 rebounds for Kansas (27-7).
Oklahoma 84, Syracuse 71.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Oklahoma is dangerous enough with Blake
Griffin. Give him some help? The Sooners are nearly unstoppable.
Griffin scored 30 points and had 14 rebounds, and Tony Crocker
added a career-high 28 points as the second-seeded Sooners beat
Syracuse 84-71 and advanced to their first regional final since
Oklahoma (30-5) will play top-seeded North Carolina in the South
Regional final Sunday looking for their first Final Four since
2002. The last time the Sooners made it this far, Syracuse beat
them en route to their own national championship.
And all that talk of an All-Big East Final Four?
That's over with now. Syracuse was the league's lone
representative left in the South Region. The Orange (28-10) finally
ran out of the magic that helped them pull off such wins as their
six-overtime marathon over Connecticut in the Big East tournament.
North Carolina 98, Gonzaga 77.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Flawless at the start and composed
throughout, Ty Lawson and North Carolina breezed to another
Lawson scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half, and the
top-seeded Tar Heels routed Gonzaga 98-77 in the South Regionat.
They'll play second-seeded Oklahoma on Sunday for a berth in the
Tyler Hansbrough added 24 points and 10 rebounds for North
Carolina, which won its 99th NCAA tournament game, breaking a tie
with Kentucky for the most by any school.
Wayne Ellington scored 19 points and Danny Green added 13 for
the Tar Heels (31-4), who reached the regional finals for the third