Louisville Wins Big East

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 14, 2009 11:44 PM CDT
Louisville's Jerry Smith celebrates with teammates Terrence Williams, left, and Edga Sosa.   (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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(Newser) – Louisville is king of the Big East. Earl Clark had 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the fifth-ranked Cardinals to a 76-66 victory over No. 18 Syracuse last night, giving the regular-season champs their first Big East tournament title. The victory will probably translate into a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament for the Cardinals.

The conference's first five-day tournament will be remembered as well for the Orange and their run to the final game that included the epic six-overtime win over Connecticut in the quarterfinals and a more mundane one-overtime victory over West Virginia in the semis. The win was the 10th straight for Louisville, which will be making its second straight NCAA appearance and 34th overall.