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Harrell's 20 points, 11 rebounds help No. 11 Louisville blow out No. 19 UConn, 81-48

  • Connecticut's Shabazz Napier, left, blocks the shot of Louisville's Chris Jones during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

    Connecticut's Shabazz Napier, left, blocks the shot of Louisville's Chris Jones during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)  (The Associated Press)

  • Louisville head coach Rick Pitino shouts instructions to his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Connecticut, Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

    Louisville head coach Rick Pitino shouts instructions to his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Connecticut, Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)  (The Associated Press)

  • Louisville's Luke Hancock, left, battles Connecticut's Shabazz Napier for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

    Louisville's Luke Hancock, left, battles Connecticut's Shabazz Napier for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)  (The Associated Press)

Montrezl Harrell scored 20 points, Russ Smith recorded a career-high 13 assists and No. 11 Louisville routed No. 19 Connecticut 81-48 on Saturday to claim a share of the American Athletic Conference championship.

Harrell added 11 rebounds and several thunderous dunks to help the Cardinals (26-5, 15-3) finish tied with No. 15 Cincinnati atop the upstart league. A coin flip will determine the top seed in the conference tournament.

A day in which Smith and fellow seniors Luke Hancock, Tim Henderson and Stephan Van Treese were honored beforehand as the program's winningest class ended with all playing key roles in their 116th win together. Smith topped his previous assist high by two, Hancock added 16 points, Van Treese grabbed 13 rebounds and Henderson added an early basket.

Louisville's defense, meanwhile, frustrated the Huskies (24-7, 12-6) into season-worst 29.4 percent shooting in completing the sweep.