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Defending national champions stand in way of Saint Louis making Sweet 16 for 1st time

  • Louisville guards Terry Rozier, left, and Chris Jones, smile during a news conference at at the NCAA mens college basketball tournament Friday, March 21, 2014, in Orlando, Fla. Louisville will play Saint Louis in the third-round game on Saturday.(AP Photo/John Raoux)

    Louisville guards Terry Rozier, left, and Chris Jones, smile during a news conference at at the NCAA mens college basketball tournament Friday, March 21, 2014, in Orlando, Fla. Louisville will play Saint Louis in the third-round game on Saturday.(AP Photo/John Raoux)  (The Associated Press)

  • Saint Louis coach Jim Crews speaks during a news conference at the NCAA college basketball tournament Friday, March 21, 2014, in Orlando, Fla. Saint Louis plays Louisville in a third-round game on Saturday.(AP Photo/John Raoux)

    Saint Louis coach Jim Crews speaks during a news conference at the NCAA college basketball tournament Friday, March 21, 2014, in Orlando, Fla. Saint Louis plays Louisville in a third-round game on Saturday.(AP Photo/John Raoux)  (The Associated Press)

  • Saint Louis guard Mike McCall Jr. speaks at a news conference at the NCAA mens college basketball tournament Friday, March 21, 2014, in Orlando, Fla. Saint Louis will play Louisville in the third-round game on Saturday. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    Saint Louis guard Mike McCall Jr. speaks at a news conference at the NCAA mens college basketball tournament Friday, March 21, 2014, in Orlando, Fla. Saint Louis will play Louisville in the third-round game on Saturday. (AP Photo/John Raoux)  (The Associated Press)

Jim Crews insists he hasn't spent much time thinking about what it would mean for Saint Louis to reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament for the first time.

The fifth-seeded Billikens (27-6) are a win away for the third straight year, and it won't be easy making school history against defending national champion Louisville in the Midwest Regional.

The fourth-seeded Cardinals (30-5) have won 13 of their past 14 games and will be trying to advance to the round of 16 for the 20th time when the teams meet Saturday.

When asked what it would mean to his program to get beyond the third round after losing Michigan State and Oregon at this stage the past two seasons, Crews says "we're just going to try to do the best we can."