Louisville Steamrolls Colorado State on Way to Sweet 16

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistMarch 23, 2013

LEXINGTON, KY - MARCH 23: Wayne Blackshear #20 of the Louisville Cardinals celebrates after a play against the Colorado State Rams in the first half during the third round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Rupp Arena on March 23, 2013 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Andy Lyons/Getty Images

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. 

Follow me on Twitter, @JTansey90.