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NCAA Bracket 2012, Louisville Vs. Michigan State Score: Cardinals Smother Spartans, Advance To Elite Eight

The Louisville Cardinals advanced to the Elite Eight of the 2012 NCAA Tournament with a 57-44 win over the Michigan State Spartans on Thursday night. The Cardinals were stifling defensively, holding the Spartans to just 28.6 percent shooting from the field.

Gorgui Dieng was the game's MVP defensively. He was a general menace in the lane, blocking seven shots and hauling in nine rebounds to go with five points.

Chane Behanan led the Cardinals in scoring with 15 points on 6-for-10 shooting from the field. He also had eight rebounds in a solid all around effort. Brandon Wood had a big second half for the Spartans to finish as the team's leading scorer with 14 points. Draymond Green was a monster on the boards, hauling in 16 rebounds. He went just 5-for-16 shooting for 13 points, however.

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