So Long, Sooners As Louisville Moves On

Cardinals trounce Oklahoma, 78-48
By Jamie Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 24, 2008 12:36 AM CDT
Oklahoma's Blake Griffin (23) walks off the court as Louisville's Earl Clark (5) reacts to a last-second shot to end the first half of their NCAA East Regional basketball game last night.    (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
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(Newser) – The Big East sent more teams to the NCAA tournament than any other conference this year, and will have as many as any conference in the Regional Semifinals, too, as three of the eight remain. Louisville is among them, after annihilating No. 6 seed Oklahoma, 78-48. The Cardinals led 44-22 at halftime when they ended the first half with a 26-8 run. That trend continued in the second.

It was a balanced effort on offense for Louisville. Earl Clark had a team-high 14 points with Jerry Smith not far behind with 12. Nine others scored for the Cardinals. David Godbold—playing his last college game—recorded 15 for the Sooners. Louisville prepares to face Tennessee Thursday night in Charlotte, NC.