Mar 22, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; Louisville Cardinals guard/forward Luke Hancock (11) reacts on the bench in the second half of a men

NCAA Tournament 2014: Louisville advances to Sweet 16 with 66-51 win over St. Louis

It wasn’t exactly the most well-played game of the 2014 NCAA Tournament, on neither side, thus far, but the Louisville Cardinals were able to hold off the fifth-seeded St. Louis Billikens on Saturday, 66-51, to advance to the Sweet 16 in the Midwest Region.

In news that should be shocking to no one during the postseason, Luke Hancock led the way for the defending champs in this one, dropping in 21 points with three rebounds and three assists. Russ Smith was also on his game, adding in 11 points on his end with eight assists.

For the majority of the game, again on both sides, this was not the prettiest of contests. Neither team could make a shot, nor any other good decisions with the ball in their hands. At the half, the score was just 25-16 in favor of the Cardinals.

But when it was all said and done, Rick Pitino and his crew are moving on as they now await the winner of the monumental clash between the Wichita State Shockers and Kentucky Widcats to be played on Sunday.

Earlier on the day Saturday, the top-seeded Florida Gators also advanced to the Round of 16 in the South Region.

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