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No. 11 Louisville Blows Out No. 19 UConn 81-48

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LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 08: Russ Smith #2 of the Louisville Cardinals steals the ball from Shabazz Napier #13 of the Connecticut Huskies at KFC YUM! Center on March 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY – MARCH 08: Russ Smith #2 of the Louisville Cardinals steals the ball from Shabazz Napier #13 of the Connecticut Huskies at KFC YUM! Center on March 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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By:  GARY B. GRAVES

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP)  Montrezl Harrell scored 20 points, Russ Smith recorded a career-high 13 assists and No. 11 Louisville routed No. 19 Connecticut 81-48 on Saturday to claim a share of the American Athletic Conference championship.

Harrell added 11 rebounds and several thunderous dunks to help the Cardinals (26-5, 15-3) finish tied with No. 15 Cincinnati atop the upstart league. A coin flip will determine the top seed in the conference tournament.

A day in which Smith and fellow seniors Luke Hancock, Tim Henderson and Stephan Van Treese were honored beforehand as the program’s winningest class ended with all playing key roles in their 116th win together. Smith topped his previous assist high by two, Hancock added 16 points, Van Treese grabbed 13 rebounds and Henderson added an early basket.

Louisville’s defense, meanwhile, frustrated the Huskies (24-7, 12-6) into season-worst 29.4 percent shooting in completing the sweep.

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