Russ Smith score 23 points Sunday for top-seeded Louisville, which used a second-half surge to best Duke 85-63 and reach the NCAA Tournament Final Four.
The top-ranked Cardinals (33-5) overcame a gruesome injury to guard Kevin Ware and advanced to the Final Four for the second straight year.
Ware was hospitalized after gruesomely breaking a leg in the first half. Louisville was leading 21-20 when he hurtled toward the sideline while contesting a 3-point try. The sophomore landed awkwardly and suffered what school officials confirmed was a broken leg. In fact, his broken leg tore through his skin.
** Louisville now goes on to face Wichita State in Atlanta April 6.