Printed on: March 24, 2013

Louisville runs over Colo. St.


Associated Press

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 (31-5) 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.

Michigan State 70, Memphis 48: At Auburn Hills, Mich., Gary Harris scored 16 of his career-high 23 points in the first half to help third-seeded Michigan State cruise past sixth-seeded Memphis, putting the Spartans in the round of 16 for the fifth time in six years.

Michigan State (27-8) will play the winner of the Duke-Creighton game 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 were eliminated in the third round because they struggled to stop Harris on the outside or his teammates inside all afternoon.