NEW YORK (AP) - Ben Hansbrough led a brutally efficient Notre
Dame attack with 23 points and the fourth-ranked Fighting Irish
dismantled one of the nation's best defenses Thursday night in an
89-51 quarterfinal rout of No. 25 Cincinnati in the Big East
The league's player of the year had plenty of help.
Carleton Scott scored 18 points and Tim Abromaitis had 17 for
the Irish (26-5), who have already won more games than in any other
season under longtime coach Mike Brey.
Sporting its highest national ranking since December 1980,
second-seeded Notre Dame rolls into the semifinals Friday night
against third-seeded Louisville or No. 11 seed Marquette having won
five straight games and 12 of its last 13 overall.
Dion Dixon scored 15 points and Yancy Gates, coming off a
career-best 25 in a second-round win over South Florida, managed 12
for Cincinnati. But the duo got very little help.