Conference tournament roundup: Buffs claim Pac-12 crown

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, March 10 2012 11:13 p.m. MST

LOUISVILLE 50, CINCINNATI 44: At New York, Chris Smith scored 15 points and Louisville withstood a closing run by Cincinnati for a victory that gave the Cardinals their second Big East tournament championship. Kyle Kuric added 13 points for seventh-seeded Louisville (26-9), which was in the title game for the third time. The Cardinals won the title in 2009 and lost to Connecticut in last year's championship game.

Cashmere Wright had 16 points for the fourth-seeded Bearcats (24-10), who reached the final for the first time.

This was in the first time in the 34 years the tournament has been held that at least one of the original seven members of the conference wasn't in the championship game.

Automatic bids

Belmont, Atlantic Sun

Colorado, Pacific-12

Creighton, Missouri Valley

Davidson, Southern

Detroit, Horizon League

Harvard, Ivy League

Lamar, Southland

Lehigh, Patriot League

Long Beach State, Big West

Long Island University, Northeast

Louisville, Big East

Loyola (Md.), Metro Atlantic Athletic

Memphis, USA

Missouri, Big 12

Montana, Big Sky

Murray State, Ohio Valley

MVSU, Southwestern Athletic

New Mexico, Mountain West

Norfolk State, Mid-Eastern Athletic

Ohio, Mid-American

Saint Mary's (Cal), West Coast

South Dakota State, Summit League

UNC Asheville, Big South

VCU, Colonial Athletic Association

W. Kentucky, Sun Belt Automatic bids

Belmont, Atlantic Sun

Colorado, Pacific-12

Creighton, Missouri Valley

Davidson, Southern

Detroit, Horizon League

Harvard, Ivy League

Lamar, Southland

Lehigh, Patriot League

Long Beach State, Big West

Long Island University, Northeast

Louisville, Big East

Loyola (Md.), Metro Atlantic Athletic

Memphis, USA

Missouri, Big 12

Montana, Big Sky

Murray State, Ohio Valley

MVSU, Southwestern Athletic

New Mexico, Mountain West

Norfolk State, Mid-Eastern Athletic

Ohio, Mid-American

Saint Mary's (Cal), West Coast

South Dakota State, Summit League

UNC Asheville, Big South

VCU, Colonial Athletic Association

W. Kentucky, Sun Belt

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