Russ Smith figured the best way he could honor renowned New York Archbishop Molloy coach Jack Curran on Thursday night was by leading Louisville to a win.Smith scored 28 points in a bittersweet homecoming, carrying the No. 4 Cardinals into the Big East semifinals with a 74-55 victory over Villanova in New York only hours after the death of his esteemed high school coach.The Cardinals (27-5) advanced to play No. 24 Notre Dame, a 73-65 winner over No. 12 Marquette.Also, Otto Porter Jr. scored 18 points as top-seeded Georgetown (25-5) advanced to the semifinals against Syracuse by pulling away from Cincinnati (22-11) 62-43. James Southerland had six 3-pointers as 19th-ranked Syracuse (25-8) held off Pittsburgh (24-8) 62-59.Briefly• ACC: Olivier Hanlan set an ACC tournament record for freshmen with 41 points and eighth-seeded Boston College (16-16) beat Georgia Tech (16-15) 84-64 in the first round. ... Fifth-seeded North Carolina State (23-9) beat Virginia Tech (13-19) 80-63 and will face fourth-seeded Virginia.... Maryland (21-11) will face No. 2 Duke after a 75-62 win over Wake Forest (13-18).• Pacific 12: In Las Vegas, Travis Wear hit a jumper with 11 seconds left and No. 21 and top-seeded UCLA rallied from a 15-point deficit to beat ninth-seeded Arizona State (21-12) 80-75 in the quarterfinals. The Bruins face No. 18 Arizona. which beat beat Colorado (21-11) 79-69 as Nick Johnson (18 points) hit a contested shot with 34 seconds left. ... Jarred DuBois hit a tying 3-pointer in the closing seconds of regulation and Utah (15-17) upset second-seeded California (20-11) 79-69 in overtime.• Conference USA: In Tulsa, Julian Washburn led six UTEP players in double figures with 20 points and the Miners (18-13), the No. 3 seed, defeated Houston (19-12) 80-69. UTEP will play second-seeded Southern Mississippi (24-8), an 81-66 winner over UAB, in Friday's first semifinal. ... Chris Crawford scored 24 points and Adonis Thomas added 17 to lead Memphis (28-4) past Tulane (19-14), 81-68.• SEC: In Nashville, Jordan McRae scored 17 points as fifth-seeded Tennessee (20-11) defeated Mississippi State (10-22) 69-53. Tennessee will face Alabama (20-11) in a matchup of NCAA Tournament bubble teams. Shavon Coleman scored 24 points as LSU (19-11) held off Georgia (15-17) 68-63 and will face Florida today. ... Kedren Johnson hit all four of his free throws in the final 19.8 seconds, and Vanderbilt (15-16) upset Arkansas (19-13) 75-72.• Big Ten: In Chicago, Trey Burke scored 21 points to lead No. 6 Michigan (26-6) over Penn State (10-21) 83-66 in the first round. Brandon Paul scored 25 points and hit a fadeaway jumper at the buzzer to lead Illinois (22-11) to a 51-49 victory over Minnesota (20-12). Shavon Shields scored 19 points, Brandon Ubel added 16 points and eight rebounds and 10th-seeded Nebraska (15-17) beat Purdue (15-17) 57-55. The Cornhuskers will meet No. 10 Ohio State in the quarterfinals on Friday.• WAC: In Las Vegas, Kannon Burrage had 26 points and 13 rebounds as No. 9 seed UTSA (10-21) stunned top-seeded Louisiana Tech (26-6) 73-67, and Texas State (12-21) upset No. 2 seed Denver (21-9) 72-68. UTSA will play in the semifinals against UT Arlington, an 83-78 winner over Utah State. Texas State will play New Mexico State, which beat Idaho 65-49. • Atlantic 10: Pierria Henry hit eight free throws in the final five seconds and Charlotte stunned Richmond 68-63 in New York. The Spiders, who led by 63-60 with 4.7 seconds to go, were called for three technical fouls as the 49ers took the lead from the foul line with the clock stopped. ... Rotnei Clarke scored 21 points, and Butler (25-7, 11-5) advanced in New York with a 73-67 first-round victory over Dayton (17-14, 7-9).