March 22, 2012
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Louisville Postgame Notes
No. 4-seed Louisville 57, No. 1-seed Michigan State 44
US Airways Center, Phoenix
March 22, 2012
- Louisville captured its fourth win in program history over a No. 1 seed with the victory over Michigan State. The last time the Cardinals achieved the feat was on March 24, 2005, when they defeated No. 1 seed Washington, 93-79, in the regional semifinals.
- Louisville's record in the month of March is 40-17 since 2005. Head coach Rick Pitino has a 108-39 collegiate record in the month, including a 51-24 mark at Louisville.
- Head coach Rick Pitino owns a 41-15 (.732 winning percentage) record in the NCAA Tournament, ranking him sixth among active coaches in winning percentage and 14th all time.
- Pitino is now a perfect 10-0 in NCAA Sweet 16 games, including a 4-0 record at Louisville. Pitino pushed the Cardinals' regional semifinal game record to 10-8 since 1975.
- Louisville's record as a No. 4 seed is 13-7. This year's tournament marks the eighth time the Cardinals have participated in the NCAA Tournament as the No. 4 seed.
- The Cardinals' defense limited Michigan State to just 18 points in the second half, the fifth time this season the Cardinals have held an opponent to less than 20 points.
2011-12 opponents with less than 20 points in first half
Arkansas State - 12 (11/22/11)
St. John's - 18 (1/3/12)
Notre Dame - 19 (3/9/12)
Cincinnati - 14 (3/10/12)
Michigan State - 18 (3/22/12)
- Michigan State's 18 first-half points are its fewest in the opening period this season. The Spartans finished the game shooting 28.6 percent (14-of-49) from the field, their second-worst performance - they shot 24.1 percent at Illinois on Jan. 31, 2012 - of the year. The Spartans shot a combined 57 percent from the field in wins over LIU Brooklyn and Saint Louis in the second and third rounds, respectively.
- Michigan State's 18 points in the first half are the fewest by a Louisville opponent in the last 27 years in the NCAA Tournament, since the Cardinals won the 1986 national title. It is the third time since then that Louisville has held an opponent to 20 points or fewer in a half in the NCAA Tournament.
NCAA Tournament opponents that scored 20 points or less in a half
Michigan State - 18 (first half; 3/21/12)
Stanford - 20 (first half; 3/15/07)
Idaho - 19 (first half; 3/15/90)
- Louisville connected on seven 3-pointers in the first half, the most the Cardinals have hit in the first half of the NCAA Tournament since knocking down eight against Boise State in the first round of the East Regional in Birmingham, Ala., on March 21, 2008. Louisville has hit at least five 3-pointers in the first half of the NCAA Tournament 10 times since 2003, and at least five in the second half six times.
- Peyton Siva dished out nine assists in the game, giving him 200 for the season. The total ranks second most in a single season. For his career, he has collected 438, which ranks eighth all time in school history. He passed Milt Wagner (1981-86), who was previously in eighth with 432 assists.
- Gorgui Dieng finished the game with seven blocks, tying Pervis Ellison (7 vs. Illinois, 1989) for the most by an individual in an NCAA Tournament game. The total pits him in a five-way tie for the fourth most in a regional game in NCAA history. Louisville is one of just two teams to appear twice on that list, as Pervis Ellison had seven vs. Illinois on March 24, 1989. Wake Forest's Tim Duncan had eight blocks versus Oklahoma State on March 24, 1995, and then totaled seven against Louisville on March 21, 1996.
- Gorgui Dieng has 123 blocks this season. Through his two-year career, he has registered 179 blocks, which ranks fourth all-time. He passed Rodney McCray (1979-83), who was previously in fourth with 178 blocks.
- The last time a player had at least five blocked shots in a game was Gorgui Dieng, who swatted six in the win over Seton Hall in the second round of the 2012 BIG EAST Tournament on March 7, 2012.
- Gorgui Dieng hit his first career 3-pointer in the first half at the 4:09 mark in the first half.
- Today's game marked the eighth meeting between Michigan State and Louisville and the first since March 26, 2009.