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Louisville Beats Duke 85-63 To Reach Final Four

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 31: (L-R starting from 2nd L) Chane Behanan #21 (holding #5 jersey of injured teammate Kevin Ware), Russ Smith #2, Peyton Siva #3, Wayne Blackshear #20 and Luke Hancock #11 of the Louisville Cardinals celebrate with the Midwest regional champion trophy after they won 85-63 against the Duke Blue Devils during the Midwest Regional Final round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 31, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Kevin Ware suffered a compound fracture of his leg in the first half. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 31: (L-R starting from 2nd L) Chane Behanan #21 (holding #5 jersey of injured teammate Kevin Ware), Russ Smith #2, Peyton Siva #3, Wayne Blackshear #20 and Luke Hancock #11 of the Louisville Cardinals celebrate with the Midwest regional champion trophy after they won 85-63 against the Duke Blue Devils during the Midwest Regional Final round of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 31, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Kevin Ware suffered a compound fracture of his leg in the first half. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — With tears in their eyes and Kevin Ware in their hearts, there was no way Louisville was losing this game.

Russ Smith scored 23 points, Gorgui Dieng had 14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks and top-seeded Louisville put aside the shock from Ware’s gruesome leg injury to beat Duke 85-63 on Sunday and earn a second straight trip to the Final Four.

It will be some time before the Cardinals can celebrate this victory, however. Ware, who’s played a key role in Louisville’s 14-game winning streak, was hospitalized after appearing to snap his lower right leg with 6:33 left in the first half.

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