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Villanova bounced from Big East tourney by Cards

Updated: March 14, 2013, 11:32 PM ET
Associated Press

No. 4 Louisville 74, Villanova 55. With AP Photos.

By MIKE FITZPATRICK

AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK -- Never mind making shots. Villanova had a hard enough time hanging onto the ball against Louisville's dynamic defense.

Russ Smith scored 28 points in a bittersweet homecoming, leading No. 4 Louisville into the Big East tournament semifinals with a 74-55 victory over the Wildcats on Thursday night only hours after the death of his esteemed high school coach.

The defending ...

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