Posted: Mar 31, 2013 4:51 PM by Bill Halter, AP
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - With tears in their eyes and Kevin Ware in their hearts, there was no way Louisville was losing this game.
Russ Smith scored 23 points, Gorgui Dieng had 14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks and top-seeded Louisville put aside the shock from Ware's gruesome leg injury to beat Duke 85-63 on Sunday and earn a second straight trip to the Final Four.
It will be some time before the Cardinals can celebrate this victory, however. Ware, who's played a key role in Louisville's 14-game winning streak, was hospitalized after appearing to snap his lower right leg with 6:33 left in the first half.
The Michigan Wolverines are also going to next weekend's Final Four as champions of the South Region.
The fourth-seeded Wolverines pummeled third-seed Florida 79-59 to punch their ticket to Atlanta and a date with Syracuse. This marks their seventh trip to the Final Four. Nik Stauskas led the attack with 22 points, including six three-pointers. Sophomore Trey Burke, the Big Ten player of the year, added 15 points for Michigan. Mitch McGary, another freshman, had 11 points and nine rebounds. He scored eight in the opening 13-0 run.
The national semifinals will be played Saturday, April 6 in Atlanta's Georgia Dome, with the national championship game on Monday the 8th in the same building.
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