COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 16: The Michigan State Spartans mascot walks on the court during a stoppage in play against the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Nationwide Arena on March 16, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

NCAA Tournament 2012: Michigan State Eliminated By Louisville

Michigan State was sent packing from the 2012 NCAA tournament in the Sweet 16 by Louisville.

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NCAA Tournament 2012, Michigan State Vs. Louisville Final Score: Spartans Bounced By Cardinals, 57-44

For the second straight season after consecutive trips before that, the Michigan State Spartans will not be playing in the Elite Eight this year after being defeated by the No. 4 Louisville Cardinals on Thursday night in the Sweet 16, 57-44.

While both offenses were mightily inefficient in the first half, Louisville found some success in the second by hitting over 50 percent of their shots (Louisville was only 27 percent from the field in the first). Michigan State, however, continued to shoot below 30 percent for much of the second half and found itself down double digits before managing to cross the 30-percent mark. They finished the game at 29 percent from the field.

The Big Ten player of the year, Draymond Green, struggled, hitting only 5-of-16 shots and finishing with 13 points. The Spartans turned it over 15 times and had seven of their shots blocked by Louisville's Gorgui Dieng.

Louisville will now play the winner of the Marquette-Florida game.

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NCAA Tournament 2012 Bracket Update: Michigan State Beats Saint Louis, 65-61, Advances To Sweet 16

For the 10th time in the Tom Izzo era of Michigan State basketball, the Spartans are headed to the Sweet 16. They outlasted Saint Louis on Sunday afternoon in a slugfest in Columbus. Michigan State was in control for most of the game, but Saint Louis battled back from 11 down in the second half to make things close. In the end, the Spartans held off the comeback and won by a score of 65-61.

This was like watching a Big Ten game in January with how much of a defensive struggle it was. Saint Louis shot a dismal 18-of-51 from the field and only 28 percent from three-point land. Michigan State was significantly better with a 54.3 shooting percentage from the field, but at times the Spartans had some shooting issues of their own.

The main reason Saint Louis was even in this game at the end was because they went to the free-throw line 23 times. They made 18 of the attempts, including several during their comeback from down 11 points.

When it mattered most, Draymond Green stepped up and made plays for Michigan State to ensure a trip to the Sweet 16 would happen. He scored 16 points and made a big jumper when Saint Louis cut the lead to two points. Keith Appling then hit a clutch three to stretch the lead, and he finished with a game-high 19 points.

With the victory, Michigan State is now headed to the Sweet 16 out in Phoenix. The Spartans will take on the Louisville Cardinals, which beat New Mexico on Saturday to advance. When Michigan State made its run to the Final Four in 2009, it beat Louisville in the Elite Eight. This year, the Spartans will need to eliminate Louisville in the Sweet 16 in order to have a shot at making it back to the Final Four.

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NCAA Tournament Bracket 2012, Kansas Vs. Detroit Score: Titans Fall 65-50

Kansas was just too big and too strong in the second half against the Detroit Titans, and their interior defense allowed the Jayhawks to break out from a close game midway through the first half to earn a comfortable 65-50 win over Detroit in the 2012 NCAA tournament.

From the 9:04 mark of the first half until the 12:45 mark of the second half, Detroit managed to score only seven points. In that time, Kansas took a 50-28 lead after trailing 21-19 at the beginning of the run. The 31-7 spurt was led by Thomas Robinson, who had 16 points and 12 rebounds. Elijah Johnson had 13 for Kansas as well.

Doug Anderson finished with 15 for Detroit but fouled out in the second half once Kansas had built its lead.

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NCAA Tournament Bracket 2012, Michigan State Vs. LIU Brooklyn Score: Spartans Win, 89-67

On a day filled with upsets, Michigan State played like it did not want to be another giant felled by an upstart seeded near the bottom of the bracket. The No. 1 Spartans left little doubt, beating LIU Brooklyn by a final score of 89-67.

Michigan State was particularly tough on the boards. They had 42 rebounds to just 19 for the Blackbirds.

The Spartans shot almost 59 percent from the floor. Leading the way was Draymond Green with a triple-double. He finished the game with 24 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Four other players finished in double digits for scoring.

The Spartans will play Saint Louis University in the third round of the tournament on Sunday.

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NCAA Tournament Bracket 2012, Michigan Vs. Ohio Score: Bobcats Stun Wolverines, 65-60

There weren't many upsets on the first day of the second round of the 2012 NCAA tournament, but Friday has been a different story. Earlier in the day, Missouri, a No. 2 seed, lost to Norfolk State, a No. 15 seed, in a shocking upset. Then, on Friday night, No. 4-seeded Michigan fell to Ohio, a No. 13 seed, by a score of 65-60.

Ohio's upset wasn't nearly as surprising for two big reasons: 1) quite a few people picked the Bobcats to win; and 2) guard D.J. Cooper is a star in the making. He had 21 points and shot lights out for Ohio. Michigan couldn't stop him and paid dearly as a result.

Michigan's downfall in this game was its defensive woes. Ohio shot 51.2 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from behind the arc. Also, in addition to Cooper scoring 21 points, Ohio got 11 points from Walter Offutt, 10 points from Ivo Baltic and 10 points from Reggie Keely.

Michigan had three main scorers in this game. Trey Burke led the way with 16 points after hitting a couple threes late in the game. Evan Smotrycz had 15 and shot 6-of-7 from the field. Tim Hardaway Jr. added 14 points for the Wolverines, but it wasn't enough to avoid the upset.

Michigan's season and the careers of Zack Novak and Stu Douglass are now over. It was definitely a successful regular season for Michigan considering the Wolverines won their first Big Ten title since 1986, but losing in their opening game of the NCAA tournament was a disappointing way for things to come to a close in 2011-12.

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NCAA Tournament 2012 Bracket Update: Detroit Is No. 15 Seed, Will Face Kansas On Friday

Detroit has earned a No. 15 seed in the 2012 NCAA tournament and will face Kansas in its first game.

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NCAA Tournament 2012 Bracket Update: Michigan Is No. 4 Seed, Will Face Ohio On Friday

Michigan has earned a No. 4 seed in the 2012 NCAA tournament and will face Ohio in its first game.

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NCAA Tournament 2012 Bracket Update: Michigan State Is No. 1 Seed, Will Face LIU Brooklyn On Friday

Michigan State has earned a No. 1 seed in the 2012 NCAA tournament and will face LIU Brooklyn in its first game.

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