2012 NCAA Tournament Overall Review

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#2 Louisville Knocks Off Michigan State

March 22, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Louisville Cardinals guard/forward Kyle Kuric (14) shoots the ball over Michigan State Spartans guard Austin Thornton (bottom) during the first half in the semifinals of the west region of the 2012 NCAA men

In my NCAA Tournament bracket, I had Michigan State going to the National Championship and winning it all. On March 22nd in the Sweet 16, Louisville pulled off one of the most shocking wins of the Sweet 16. Louisville was able to control the tempo of the game and force Michigan State to score their lowest total of the NCAA Tournament with forty-four points. One big reasons why Michigan State did not score fifty points was Gorgui Dieng. Dieng was huge on the defensive side of the ball for Louisville. He had seven blocked shots and force several of Michigan State’s shot to be altered enough to disrupt them. He also help Louisville force Draymond Green to turn the ball over six times (the most of the NCAA Tournament for Green). Louisville would win the West region and make the Final Four, but lost the National Champion, Kentucky.