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NCAA Game Summary - Villanova vs. Louisville

8:26 PM, Mar 14, 2013   |    comments
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New York, NY (Sports Network) - The reigning Big East Tournament champions began their title defense in typical fashion Thursday, as No. 4 Louisville used its stout defensive prowess to shut down Villanova, 74-55, in quarterfinal action at Madison Square Garden.

The Cardinals (27-5) earned a share of the Big East regular season title based largely on its ability to wreak havoc on the defensive side of the ball. They did just that against the Wildcats, forcing 24 turnovers and holding their opponent to 39 percent shooting.

Russ Smith paced the offense with 28 points behind four 3-pointers, while Luke Hancock and Peyton Siva added 12 and 10 points, respectively, for second- seeded Louisville, which next plays the winner of the Notre Dame-Marquette nightcap.

Villanova, one of the many teams on the proverbial NCAA Tournament bubble, won the only regular season meeting between the teams, but the seventh-seeded Wildcats (20-13) were unable to duplicate the balanced attack they had in Wednesday's win over St. John's.

JayVaughn Pinkston scored 21 points, and Mouphtaou Yarou finished with 13 points and a game-high 10 rebounds in the loss.

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