UC Blown Out by Irish

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.

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