Louisville, Duke easily roll into regional final



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Shall we dance? Louisville freshman forward Montrezl Harrell gets tangled up with Oregon senior swingman E.J. Singler during the Midwest Region semifinals at Lucas Oil Stadium. Singler recorded a game-best 15 points for the Ducks Friday, while Harrell had seven rebounds for the Cardinals. Louisville won, 77-69. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)


Bedeviled: Michigan State junior guard Keith Appling fires a pass over Duke sophomore point guard Quinn Cook. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)


INDIANAPOLIS — Friday night at Lucas Oil Stadium produced a tease and a throw-down.

The Midwest Region semifinals in downtown Indianapolis didn’t disappoint. Louisville continued its steady Big Dance dominance by defeating Oregon, 77-69, and Duke outlasted Michigan State, 71-61, in a heavyweight clash between two of college basketball’s perennial powers.

The Cardinals and Blue Devils will meet in Sunday’s regional final, tipping at 5:05 p.m., a rematch of the 1986 national championship game won by Louisville.

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