Louisville 82, Colorado State 56
They say defense wins championships.
If that old addage is true, the No. 1 Louisville Cardinals are well on their way to the National Championship.
The Cardinals forced No. 8 Colorado State to turn the ball over 19 times, a season-high for the Rams out of the Mountain West Conference.
On the offensive end, Russ Smith was the star for the Cardinals as he scored a game-high 27 points and shot 9-of-10 from the free throw line.
In the losing effort, Greg Smith scored 14 for the Rams.
Louisville will now face the winner of the No. 12 Oregon vs. No. 5 Saint Louis game in the Sweet 16 in Indianapolis.
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