That was enough for coach Rick Pitino to say the Cardinals (29-5) deserve a No. 1 seed.
"I judge it from the 'I' test," Pitino said. "Do I think we should be? Yes. Do I think we will be? No."
"We don't care what we seed we get, we don't care where we gotta go, we don't care who we gotta play," Harrell said.
In the two regular-season games before that, they beat then-No. 18 SMU by 13 points and crushed UConn by 33 points. During the five-game winning streak their average margin of victory has been 29.2 points.
The Cardinals look like they are peaking.
"Guys are buying in," said guard Russ Smith, who scored 19 points with three assists and five steals and was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. "When it's time to scout and learn about a team, guys are doing a great job."
A 14-point deficit at halftime became a 20-point margin at 15:37 of the second half when Cardinals guard Terry Rozier hit a 3-pointer for a 48-28 lead.
The final 10-point margin was close as the Huskies got in the second half.
The Huskies actually shot a higher percentage from the floor (44.4 percent to 41 percent), but they lost the rebounding battle 38-33 and Louisville had a 13-4 edge on points off turnovers and a 14-6 advantage in second-chance points.
Louisville seized control of the game with a 10-2 run at the end of the first half. Five of the points came in the last 34 seconds as forward Luke Hancock knocked down a three, and a steal by Smith led to a transition layup for guard Terry Rozier just before the buzzer.
That gave Louisville a 37-23 lead at the half.
Napier was at a loss to explain how the Huskies could go 3-0 against No. 19 Memphis Tigers and knock them out of this tournament on their home floor, yet Memphis could go 2-0 against Louisville, and Louisville could sweep UConn and win each of the three games by 10 or more points.
"When you lose one by 30 points, you have to look at yourself," he said referring to the 81-48 loss at Louisville to end the regular season. "We played great against Memphis and we grinded one out against Cincinnati (in the semifinals)."
The Cardinals, who are the defending NCAA national champions, have now won12 straight postseason games, including winning last year's Big East Tournament title.
Throughout this tournament, Pitino lauded his team for avoiding the "bad loss" or becoming complacent.
"The great thing about these guys is they play every team with great respect and that's why they haven't been upset this year," Pitino said. "All the teams they lost to (North Carolina, Kentucky, Cincinnati and twice to Memphis) are good opponents. They play Houston as if they're UCLA. They play Rutgers as if they're Kentucky."
And for the third time this season, they played UConn as if it was UConn.