Cardinals advance to Sweet 16

Louisville overcame offensive struggles to pull away with a 66-51 win over 5th-seeded Saint Louis. The Cardinals advance to the Sweet 16 for the 20th time in school history.

The University of Louisville is in familiar territory. The 4th-seed Cardinals are heading to the Sweet 16 for the 20th time in school history, a number that ranks as the 5th most all-time.

Louisville (31-5) defeated 5th-seeded Saint Louis 66-51 in Orlando on Saturday afternoon to advance the next round the NCAA Tournament.

It wasn't easy. Facing a Saint Louis squad that entered the game among the nation's top 20 defenses, Louisville struggled from the field throughout. After building a 9-point halftime lead, fueled by 11 first half points from Luke Hancock, the Cardinals found themselves down by 2 with 14:17 to play.

Saint Louis opened the second frame on with a 13-2 run to overcome the deficit and drawing a timeout from U of L head coach Rick Pitino.

The Cardinals responded, outscoring the Billikens by 17 for the final 14 minutes of the game.

Hancock led all scorers with 21 points. Montrezl Harrell recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Russ Smith and Chris Jones added 11 each. Stephan Van Treese had 8 rebounds and a pair of crucial blocks.

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