Louisville, Duke easily roll into regional final


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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