(4) Louisville Tops (5) St. Louis, 66-51, Advance to the Sweet 16

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Christian Petersen/Getty images(ORLANDO, Fla.) — The defending national champion Louisville Cardinals live to play another day and will play in their third-consecutive Sweet 16 after their 66-51 win over St. Louis.

Despite some uncharacteristic play, Louisville took down St. Louis with relative ease.

The team shot under 45% from the floor, had 19 turnovers, and leading-scorer Russ Smith finished the game with just 11 points. But they still were able to seal the win.

Forward Luke Hancock led the Cardinals with 21 points and eight rebounds while forward Montrezl Harrell scored ten points and pulled down 11 rebounds.

St. Louis didn’t go down without a fight as forward Dwayne Evans finished with 16 points and ten rebounds while guard Jordair Jet scored 15 points in the loss.

The Billikens have never made the Sweet 16, and lost in the third round for the third consecutive year.

Louisville will next take on the winner of Sunday’s match up against Wichita State and Kentucky.

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