- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 28, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS | The NCAA tournaments top seed sweated through its second-round session just to survive the postseasons opening weekend.

Nearly a week older and wiser, Louisville endured no such worries in the regional semifinals.

Rick Pitinos tall, talented and deep top seed in the Midwest regional romped past 12th-seeded Arizona 103-64 on Friday at Lucas Oil Stadium, dispatching the only double-digit seed remaining in the tournament while advancing to the Elite Eight for the second straight year.

Earl Clark scored 19 points for Louisville, which set a school record for points in an NCAA tournament game.

The Cardinals (31-5) will meet the winner of Fridays late semifinal between second-seeded Michigan State and third-seeded Kansas in Sundays regional final.



Chase Budinger scored 22 points for the Wildcats (21-14), whose improbable run was zapped from virtually the opening tip.

Its certainly no surprise that the regular-season and conference tournament bully of the Big East joined three of its league brethren in this weekends regional finals. And there was never much question of Louisvilles defensive dominance, nor its perimeter prowess.

Yet the Cardinals path to this particular shellacking was as much a testament to Louisvilles depth as it was much its overall superiority.

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