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Louisville Cardinals Return to Sweet 16 With Win Over Northern Iowa

SEATTLE — Rick Pitino and Louisville are heading to the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight year.

Terry Rozier scored 25 points Sunday night to lift the fourth-seeded Cards to a 66-53 victory over fifth-seeded Northern Iowa in the NCAA Tournament.

Montrezl Harrell added 14 for Louisville (26-8), including a couple of game-sealing alley-oop jams on passes from Rozier.

The Cardinals will play eighth-seeded North Carolina State on Friday in an East Region that is now missing the top two seeds.

The Cardinals packed it in against Northern Iowa's top scorer, Seth Tuttle, holding him to 14 points and only seven shot attempts. The Panthers (31-4) were trying for their first trip to the second weekend since 2010, but it didn't happen.

Instead, it's Louisville now two wins away from its third Final Four since 2012.

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