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Louisville vs. Michigan State Sweet 16 Preview

March 20, 2012
By Jon Hancock of KentuckySports.co



 

Thursday, March 22nd at 7:47pm

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      The Louisville Cardinal's will take on the Michigan Spartans in a Sweet 16 battle. Michigan State come in battle tested, as does Louisville. The Spartans have played 12 top 25 ranked teams and won 7 of them. Tom Izzo said of the game, "They create a lot of turnovers. They're a pressing team, create 16 turnovers a game, average nine steals a game. They've been a hot team, winning four days in the Big East tournament, and yet I'd say we've been kind of a hot team now lately, too.

          Michigan State Louisville
Record 29-7, 13-5 28-9, 10-8
Coach Tom Izzo Rick Pitino
Career Record (Years) 412-168 (17) 627-233 (27)
Leading Scorer Draymond Green (16.3) Kyle Kuric (13.0)
Leading Rebounder Draymond Green (10.5) Gorgui Dieng (9.1)
Leading Assists Keith Appling (3.9) Peyton Siva (5.5)

 

MSU/UL STAT BREAKDOWNS

Category (conference stats in paren.) ................MSU ............................UL
Scoring Offense ...............................................72.4 (68.2) ................ 68.6 (67.2)
Scoring Defense...............................................59.4 (58.2) ................ 61.1 (64.9)
Scoring Margin ...............................................+13.0 (+10.1) .............. +7.5 (+2.3)
Field Goal Pct....................................................482 (.473) ................ .425 (.422)
Field Goal Pct. Defense ....................................379 (.379) ................ .379 (.393)
3Pt. FG Pct. .......................................................365 (.362) ................ .313 (.308)
3Pt. FG Pct. Defense ........................................296 (.275) ................ .302 (.320)
Free Throw Pct. .................................................696 (.713) ................ .687 (.680)
Rebound Margin...............................................+8.3 (+7.4) ................ +1.6 (+0.7)
Turnovers per game .........................................12.9 (12.4) ................ 14.4 (14.9)

 

Rosters and Line-Ups: 

Probable Starters
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown (Previous School) PPGRPG Notes
14 Kyle Kuric F 6-4 195 Sr. Evansville, Ind. (Memorial HS) 13.0 4.3 165 career threes ranks ninth all-time at UL
24 Chane Behanan F 6-6 250 Fr. Cincinnati, Ohio (Bowling Green Ky. HS) 9.1 7.4 Grabbed 6 or more rebounds in 26 games
10 Gorgui Dieng C 6-11 235 So. Kebemer, Senegal (Huntington Prep) 9.3 9.1 Leads BIG EAST in blocks (3.1, 8th in NCAA)
3 Peyton Siva G 6-0 180 Jr. Seattle, Wash. (Franklin HS) 9.2 3.2 191 assists is 2nd all-time at UL (5.5 avg)
5 Chris Smith G 6-2 195 Sr. Millstone, N.J. (Manhattan College) 9.8 3.7 .392 3FG% is fifth in BIG EAST
Reserves
1 Angel Nunez F 6-7 190 Fr. Washington Heights, N.Y. (Notre Dame Prep) 2.0 0.7 Has made 6 threes in his 12 games this year
2 Russ Smith G 6-0 160 So. Blairwood, N.Y. (South Kent School) 11.4 2.4 17th nationally in steals (2.3), third in league
12 Zach Price C 6-10 235 Fr. Louisville, Ky. (Jeffersontown HS) 0.7 0.8 18 appearances this season (10 of last 15 G)
15 Tim Henderson G 6-2 185 So. Louisville, Ky. (Christian Academy) 1.3 0.8 Has seen action in 11 games, scoring in six
21 Jared Swopshire F 6-8 200 Jr. St. Louis, Mo. (IMG Academy) 3.3 3.0 Top front line reserve, 12 reb. vs. Marquette
22 Elisha Justice G 5-10 175 So. Pikeville, Ky. (Shelby Valley HS) 1.0 0.4 4 games with 4 or more points
23 Kevin Ware G 6-5 185 Fr. Bronx, N.Y. (Rockdale County Ga. HS) 1.1 0.7 Joined team on Dec. 14, played in 19 games
25 Wayne Blackshear F 6-5 220 Fr. Chicago, Ill. (Morgan Park HS) 2.3 1.2 Recovered to play in 12 after shoulder injury

Michigan State Spartans (29-7, 13-5) Ppg. Rpg. Apg. Other

Starters

C - #5 Adreian Payne (So., 6-10, 240) 7.1 4.3 0.3 .574 FG%
* Scored career-high 16 points vs. Iowa in BTT QF and equaled vs. LIU in NCAA 2nd Round...
Grabbed a career-best 12 rebounds vs. Duke in the Champions Classic ... Started 35 of 36 games.
F - #23 Draymond Green (Sr., 6-7, 230) 16.3 10.5 3.9 51-127 3FG
* Sporting News and USBWA First-Team All-America ... Big Ten Player of the Year ... Big
Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player ... Big Ten-best 21 double-doubles this year.
G - #30 Brandon Wood (Sr., 6-2, 190) 8.6 2.8 1.9 45-122 3FG
* 2011 First-team All-Horizon League selection at Valparaiso ... Earned bachelor’s degree in May
and transferred to MSU for one season ... Scored a season-high 21 points vs. OSU in BTT Final.
G - #13 Austin Thornton (R-Sr., 6-5, 210) 5.3 3.3 1.1 .871 FT%
* Appeared in 130 career games, starting 20 ... Averaged 5.8 points in Big Ten play ...
Co-captain ... Scored career-high 17 points at Purdue ... 4-4 3FG vs. Wis in BTT SF.
G - #11 Keith Appling (So., 6-1, 190) 11.5 2.9 3.9 1.1 spg
* Third-Team All-Big Ten ... Made the switch from wing to the point ... 20+-point games vs. Duke,
FSU, Ind. and Wis. ... Nine assists vs. Iowa ... Ranked 5th in assists in Big Ten games (4.1 apg).

Bench
C - #25 Derrick Nix (Jr., 6-9, 270) 8.3 3.8 1.1 .564 FG%
* Avg. 9.0 ppg and 3.8 rpg in last 29 games ... Scored a career-high 18 points vs. LIU Brooklyn.
G - #20 Travis Trice (Fr., 6-0, 170) 4.7 1.8 1.7 30-73 3FG
* Leads Big Ten freshmen in 3-point FG Pct. (.411) ... Scored 9 pts. vs. Iowa - most since Jan. 10.
G - #3 Brandan Kearney (Fr., 6-5, 185) 1.2 0.8 0.6 .486 FG%
* Emerging as a defensive specialist ... 5-of-8 from 3-point range in Big Ten play.
G - #0 Russell Byrd (R-Fr., 6-7, 205) 1.6 0.6 0.4 9-32 3FG
* Redshirted in 2010-11 due to foot injury ... Had three surgeries on left foot since May 2010.
F - #2 Alex Gauna (R-Fr., 6-9, 240) 1.9 0.8 0.0 .564

 

Michigan State Player To Watch

 

 Draymond Green, 6'7 230 lbs. PF

 

PPGRPGAPG
16.1 10.4 3.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEDIA SCHEDULE

Wednesday, March 21

12-12:50 p.m. - Louisville Open Practice
1-1:15 p.m. - Rick Pitino PC
1:15-1:30 p.m. - Louisville
Student-Athletes PC
1:30-1:45 p.m. - MSU
Student-Athletes PC
1:45-2 p.m. - Tom Izzo PC
2:10-3 p.m. - MSU Open Practice


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