NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08: Head coach Rick Pitino of the Louisville Cardinals gestures from the bench against the Marquette Golden Eagles during the quarterfinals of the Big East Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 8, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Louisville Wins 2012 Big East Tournament Championship

In an ugly matchup featuring two teams with dead legs, Louisville beat Cincinnati to capture the Big East Tournament title, 50-44.

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Louisville Vs. Cincinnati Final Score: Cardinals Win Big East Tournament In Slugfest, 50-44

Louisville and Cincinnati met in the Big East Tournament final for a title bout. Instead, the two dog-tired teams played a game that was short on style points and long on satisfaction for the Cardinals, who prevailed in a 50-44 contest.

Louisville's Chris Smith had 15 points, leading all Cardinals scorers, and was assisted by Kyle Kuric, who had 13, and Peyton Siva, who got the most spectacular basket of the night en route to 10 points that cemented him as the Big East Tournament's Most Outstanding Player and made his dad pretty happy.

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Cashmere Wright had 16 points for Cincinnati, but the Bearcats had 11 turnovers to just six assists, and struggled from the field (39.2 percent), the three-point line (3-for-14) and the charity stripe (1-for-7), leaving them ill-equipped to keep pace with Louisville.

The game was the lowest-scoring Big East Tournament final ever.

For more on the two teams, head over to Cincinnati Bearcats blog Down The Drive and Louisville Cardinals blog Card Chronicle. For more on the entire tournament, head over to Big East Coast Bias and keep it on our Big East Tournament StoryStream.

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