Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Winners & Losers

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Winners & Losers

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A scoreboard of second-round games played Saturday.

MIDWEST REGION

Louisville 82

Colorado State 56

(At Lexington, Ky.)

Russ Smith had another big game, leading four players in double figures with 27 points, and the top-seeded Cardinals moved into the Sweet 16 by dismantling the eighth-seeded Rams. Louisville made Colorado State senior big man Colton Iverson look as invisible as a 6-foot-10 guy can be and limited one of the best rebounding teams in Division I to 24 boards, more than a dozen below its average, en route to a 12th consecutive win.

Michigan State 70

Memphis 48

(At Auburn Hills, Mi.)

Freshman guard Gary Harris scored 16 of his career-high 23 points in the first half to help the third-seeded Spartans cruise past the No. 6 Tigers, putting Michigan State in the Sweet 16 for the fifth time in six years. The Spartans will play the winner of today's Duke- Creighton game in the Midwest Region semifinals at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Michigan State post players Adreian Payne and Derrick Nix combined for 27 points.

MIDWEST REGION

Oregon 74

Saint Louis 57

(At San Jose, Ca.)

Damyean Dotson scored 23 points, Carlos Emory added 14 and the hot-shooting 12th-seeded Ducks sprinted past the fourth-seeded Billikens. Dotson made his first five 3-pointers to carry Oregon, who will take on top-seeded Louisville in the Sweet 16, into the second weekend for the first time since 2007 when they lost to eventual repeat champion Florida in the regional final. Kwamain Mitchell led Saint Louis with 18 points.

SOUTH REGION

Michigan 78

VCU 53

(At Auburn Hills, Mi.)

Freshman big man Mitch McGary had 21 points and 14 rebounds on 10- 11 shooting, and the fourth-seeded Wolverines breezed through the Rams' vaunted pressure with a clinical performance, beating fifth- seeded VCU to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1994. The Rams, who beat Akron by 44 Thursday, are the first team in NCAA tournament history to lose by 25 points after winning its previous game by 40 or more. …

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