Freshman Quentin Snider hit the winning free throws and Terry Rozier made the saving steal Friday to help fourth-seeded Louisville top UC Irvine 57-55 and send the tournament’s tallest player packing.
Rick Pitino capped the greatest week of his life with the prize he wanted most of all.
C.J. Fair scored 13 points and No. 2 Syracuse scored the final six points of the game to beat No. 19 Louisville 52-51 on Monday night, snapping a seven-game losing streak against the Cardinals.
Preston Knowles, despite playing the final 10 minutes of regulation and overtime with four fouls, scored 20 points to lead No. 14 Louisville to an 83-77 victory over No. 4 Notre Dame on Friday night.
Mike Marra hit six 3-pointers and had 22 points to lead No. 14 Louisville to an 81-56 victory over Marquette on Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament.