No. 1 Spartans Sent Packing

Louisville's Gorgui Dieng dominates in game against Michigan State
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 23, 2012 12:07 AM CDT
Michigan State's Keith Appling drives between Louisville defenders Gorgui Dieng and Elisha Justice during an NCAA men's college basketball tournament West Regional semifinal on March 22, 2012.   (Chris Carlson)

(Newser) – Louisville figured its game against Michigan State to be low-scoring, a natural expectation with two of the nation's best defenses butting heads. The Cardinals had one big advantage: Gorgui Dieng. Dominating inside, Dieng blocked seven shots and altered several others to anchor a stifling defense that helped Louisville knock off top-seeded Michigan State 57-44 last night in the West Regional semifinals. Louisville is in the regional final for the third time in six years, meaning a trip to New Orleans and the Final Four is within its sights.

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