Louisville Derails Tennessee Train

Cardinals on brink of sending Pitino to a sixth Final Four
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Mar 28, 2008 1:16 AM CDT
Louisville's Earl Clark (5) and Terrence Williams, right, react during the second half of an NCAA East Regional basketball semifinal against Tennessee, Thursday, March 27, 2008, in Charlotte, N.C.    (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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(Newser) – Rick Pitino improved to 8-0 in regional semifinals and has Louisville one win away from the Final Four after a 79-60 win over Tennessee last night, reports the Associated Press. Pitino mixed up his defenses throughout the game to shut down the high-powered offense of the No. 2-seeded Volunteers. The Cardinals jumped out to a 24-8 lead early, then held off repeated Tennessee comeback attempts late.

The Volunteers (31-5) cut the lead to 37-36 in the second half, but Earl Clark sparked a clinching 13-5 run with nine points for the Cardinals (27-8). Clark led Louisville with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Pitino has won two NCAA titles as a head coach and gone to the Final Four five times, including four years ago with the Cardinals.