Former S.C. State head coach Cy Alexander led North Carolina A&T into battle against Louisville on March 21, 2013 (Jamie Rhodes, USA Today Sports)
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Pay attention, No. 1s. This is how it's done.
Russ Smith scored 23 points and set a Louisville NCAA tournament record with a career-high eight steals, and Peyton Siva had eight assists as the Cardinals demolished North Carolina A&T 79-48 on Thursday night.
Louisville finished with a season-high 20 steals as it forced the Aggies (20-17) into 27 turnovers. It was the 11th straight win for the Cardinals (30-5), who will play Colorado State or Missouri on Saturday.
Rick Pitino and the Big East champions quickly ended a postseason run for the Aggies, who finally earned their first NCAA tournament win on Tuesday. Bruce Beckford led North Carolina A&T with 12 points.
Under the direction of former S.C. State head coach Cy Alexander, the Aggies were in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1995.