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No. 1 Louisville dismantles Colorado State 82-56

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  • From left to right, Louisville's Stephan Van Treese, Montrezl Harrell and Luke Hancock react after a basket in the first half of a third-round NCAA college basketball tournament game against Colorado State, Saturday, March 23, 2013, in Lexington, Ky.

      From left to right, Louisville's Stephan Van Treese, Montrezl Harrell and Luke Hancock react after a basket in the first half of a third-round NCAA college basketball tournament game against Colorado State, Saturday, March 23, 2013, in Lexington, Ky.

 
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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Russ Smith had another big night, leading four players in double figures with 27 points, and top-seeded Louisville is into the Midwest Region semifinals.

The Cardinals put on a defensive clinic as they dismantled Colorado State 82-56 on Saturday. Louisville forced the eighth-seeded Rams into a season-high 20 turnovers, made Colton Iverson look as invisible as a 6-foot-10 guy can be and limited one of the nation's best rebounding teams to 24 boards, more than a dozen below their average.

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It was the 12th straight win for Louisville (31-5), which will play the winner of Saint Louis-Oregon on Friday in Indianapolis.

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