Louisville wins the Midwest


(TheSpread) – The Midwest Region was considered the toughest in the NCAA Tournament, but the top seed, Louisville, still found its way to the Final Four with a win over Duke on Sunday.

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The Cardinals were the top seed in the region and the top overall seed in the tournament when the field was announced. Louisville started its tournament run with a 79-48 win over 16th-seeded North Carolina A&T, and then it beat eighth-seeded Colorado State, 82-56.

Next up for the Cardinals was 12th-seeded Oregon, who Louisville defeated 77-69. That led to a classic meeting with second-seeded Duke for the final spot in next weekend’s Final Four. Louisville managed to put on another impressive display, beating the Blue Devils, 85-63.

According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Louisville had 11/10 odds to win the Midwest region at the start of the tournament, which means a $100 wager on the Cardinals will pay out an additional $110.

In Sunday’s win, Louisville was motivated by an injury to teammate Kevin Ware in the first half. Ware suffered a devastating fracture in his leg when attempting to block a shot. He was stretched out of the building while teammates fought off tears. Louisville trailed at the time of the injury, but played like a new team afterwards. The Cardinals shot 29 of 55 from the field in the win and were led by Russ Smith, who had 23 points.

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