NCAA Tournament 2014: Louisville reaches third straight Sweet 16 with win against Saint Louis

 (David Manning-USA TODAY Sports).

For the third straight year, Louisville advanced to the Sweet 16, defeating St. Louis, 66-51, despite a sub-par shooting performance from both teams.

After the teams combined for a tournament-low 41 points in the first half, St. Louis briefly surged to the lead behind the aggressive play of Atlantic 10 player of the year Jordair Jett (15 points). But the Billikens couldn’t overcome their cold hand from long range, going 0 for 15 from three-point land, the most missed three-point field goals without a make in NCAA tournament history.

Led by Luke Hancock’s 21 points, the defending champion Cardinals boasted four double-digit scorers and put together a sound defensive effort that resulted in blocks like the in the below link.


For Louisville Coach Rick Pitino, the win marks his 11th trip to the Sweet 16, where he’s never lost a game. Pitino has now taken two teams to three straight Sweet 16s, a feat a first accomplished in 1995-1997 with Kentucky.

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Brandon Parker is a sports reporter for The Washington Post.



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Brandon Parker · March 22, 2014