Cards lay the boom on UConn, 81-48

It was a Senior Day celebration at the KFC Yum! Center on Saturday. The University of Louisville decked Connecticut 81-48, sending four seniors off in style with a share of the American Athletic Conference regular-season title.

It was a fitting ending to the home careers of four University of Louisville seniors.

The class that goes out as the all-time winningest in school history gave the KFC Yum! Center fans one more big boom.

Louisville led 30-18 at halftime and poured it on Connecticut, beating the Huskies 81-48 to claim a share of the AAC title.

"They are a special class," U of L coach Rick Pitino said. "They are throwback people. They are humble guys. Special guys."

Russ Smith led the Cardinals with just three points but 13 assists and four steals, while Montrezl Harrell had 20 points and 11 rebounds.

Luke Hancock chipped in 16 points, while Stephan Van Treese had six points and 13 rebounds, noting it "was a special way to end."

Wayne Blackshear chipped in 11 points, while the fourth senior - Tim Henderson - had two points, one rebound and one assist.

Van Treese scored the first basket of the game with Henderson getting the second.

The Cardinals (26-5, 15-3) finished tied with Cincinnati atop the league. A postgame coin flip went to Cincinnati and left Louisville with the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament. U of L will play the South Florida-Rutgers winner on Thursday at 3 o'clock in Memphis.

Louisville's defense was solid, holding UConn to just 15 of 51 from the field.

"That's how champions play," UConn coach Kevin Ollie said of U of L.

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