INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Michigan State gave the Final Four a Motown
feel, stopping overall No. 1 seed Louisville 64-52 to win the Midwest Regional.
Goran Suton had 19 points and 10 rebounds as the second-seeded
Spartans reached their fifth Final Four in 11 years.
Only 90 miles from their campus, the Spartans will play Connecticut in the first game on Saturday at Ford Field in Detroit.
Along with advancing, coach Tom Izzo's team prevented Louisville
(31-6) from becoming the third Big East squad in the Final Four.
Izzo said sweetly: "Detroit, here we come."
Durrell Summers, who delivered 10 second-half points, grew up in
Detroit. Kalin Lucas, the Big Ten player of the year, was raised 10
minutes from Ford Field, the giant stadium where the Final Four will be played.
Earl Clark led Louisville with 19. But Michigan State's swarming man-to-man defense kept Louisville out of sync all day.
South Regional Final - North Carolina 72, Oklahoma 60.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Blake Griffin might be the nation's best
player. North Carolina brushed him aside with a total team effort.
Ty Lawson scored 19 points and Danny Green added 18 to lead the
top-seeded Tar Heels to a 72-60 win over Griffin and Oklahoma on
Sunday in the South Regional final.
North Carolina takes a 32-and-4 record as it goes to the Final Four for the second straight year and will play Villanova in the national semifinals.
Griffin scored 23 points with 16 rebounds for Oklahoma, but the Sooners (30-6) went 2-for-19 from 3-point range.
North Carolina advanced to a record 18th Final Four. UCLA has been to 18, but the Bruins' 1980 appearance was later vacated by the NCAA because of rules violations.
This will be the Tar Heels' ninth Final Four in 19 seasons - and it will be played at Detroit's Ford Field, where they routed Michigan State 98-63 in December.
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