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Louisville guard Peyton Siva (3) steals the ball from Colorado State forward Greg Smith (44) in the second half on Saturday.
Oregon guard Damyean Dotson (21) drives to the basket against Saint Louis guard Kwamain Mitchell (3) during the first half Saturday.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Bumping, banging and leaving Colorado State with a whole lot of bruises, top-seeded Louisville is into the Midwest Region semifinals.
Russ Smith led four players in double figures with 27 points, and the Cardinals put on a defensive clinic as they dismantled Colorado State 82-56 on Saturday. Louisville forced the eighth-seeded Rams into a season-high 20 turnovers, made Colton Iverson look as invisible as a 6-foot-10 guy can be and limited one of the nation’s best rebounding teams to 24 boards, more than a dozen below their average of 40.
The Rams came in with the country’s best rebounding margin, plus-12. But the Cardinals outrebounded them 29-24. Two nights after scoring 26 against Missouri, Dorian Green was held to six points. Iverson had nine rebounds, the first time in three games he’d failed to reach double figures.
It was the 12th straight win for Louisville (31-5), which will play 12th-seeded Oregon (28-8) on Friday in Indianapolis.
Playing Louisville and its relentless press is about as much fun as facing a really angry octopus. The Cardinals look as if they have eight players on the floor, what with all the arms waving and bodies smothering whoever has the bad luck to have the ball, and when one guy sits down, there’s one just as physical right there to take his place.
Few teams have had much success against Louisville — there’s a reason the Cardinals are the overall No. 1 seed — but Colorado State seemed as if it might have a shot. The Rams run a motion offense that’s tough to defend, grab rebounds by the dozens, and are a savvy, veteran team that doesn’t turn the ball over. In fact, when Louisville coach Rick Pitino made out his “dangerous” list before the tournament began, Colorado State was on it.
So much for that.
Colorado State actually shot the ball well — 47.5 percent. The Cardinals just wouldn’t let them do it very often, limiting the Rams to 18 shots in the first half and 40 total.
No. 12 Oregon 74, No. 4 Saint Louis 57
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Damyean Dotson scored 23 points, Carlos Emory added 14 points and hot-shooting Oregon sprinted past fourth-seeded Saint Louis on Saturday night.
Dotson made his first five 3-pointers to carry the 12th-seeded Ducks (28-8) into the second weekend for the first time since 2007, when they lost to eventual repeat champion Florida in the regional final. Oregon made 8 of 11 shots from beyond the arc, while the Billikens finished 3 for 21 from long range.
Oregon will play No. 1 overall seed Louisville next.
Kwamain Mitchell scored 18 points and Dwayne had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Billikens (28-7), who set a school record for wins this season following the death of coach Rick Majerus in December.
Dotson is 16 of 30 from beyond the arc since the start of the Pac-12 tournament. He had been 0 for 12 from long range in the five previous games.
While the selection committee turned some heads for seeding Oregon so low, there is no doubting this team anymore. All the Ducks have done is tie for second place in the Pac-12 in the regular season, win the conference tournament and beat No. 5 seed Oklahoma State 68-55 before sending Saint Louis home.
The Billikens lost in the round of 32 to No. 1 seed Michigan State last year after snapping a 12-year NCAA tournament drought. The deepest run the school ever made was to the quarterfinals in 1952, when there were only 16 teams in the tournament.
No. 3 Michigan State 70, No. 6 Memphis 48
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Michigan State is into the round of 16 for the NCAA tournament — as usual.
Gary Harris scored 16 of his career-high 23 points in the first half and the third-seeded Spartans cruised past sixth-seeded Memphis, putting the Tom Izzo-led program in the regional semifinals for the fifth time in six years and the 11th time in his career.
Michigan State (27-8) will play the winner of the Duke-Creighton game on Friday in the Midwest Regional semifinals at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
The Tigers (31-5) advanced in the NCAA tournament for the first time in Josh Pastner’s four seasons. The Conference USA champions are headed home because they struggled to stop Harris on the outside or his teammates inside all afternoon.
The Spartans’ top post players — Adreian Payne and Derrick Nix — combined for 27 points and 18 rebounds.
Memphis’ Geron Johnson scored 13 of his 16 points in the first half, and Joe Jackson finished with 12 points.
Michigan State led by as much as 13 in the first half, creating that cushion when Harris made his fifth shot — and fourth 3-pointer — with 7:59 left in the first half.
Memphis responded with a 12-2 run to pull within three, and the Spartans led 32-29 at halftime.
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