Louisville, UNC Roll Into Elite 8

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 28, 2009 6:00 AM CDT
Kansas' Tyshawn Taylor, left, saves the ball from going out-of-bounds against Michigan State's Durrell Summers and Goran Sutony, March 27, 2009.   (AP Photo/A.J. Mast)
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(Newser) – Louisville, UNC, Oklahoma, and Michigan are all headed to the Elite Eight after an occasionally ugly night of basketball. Here’s how it went down:  

  • In a night of lopsided victories, no one dominated more than Louisville. The Cardinals demolished Arizona 103-64, one of the most crushing blowouts the Sweet 16’s ever seen.
  • UNC didn’t have much more trouble dispatching Gonzaga. A 17-point first half from Ty Lawson helped lead the Tar Heels over the Zags, 98-77.

  • Syracuse, meanwhile, dashed hopes for an all-Big East Final Four by falling to Oklahoma, 84-71. Blake Griffin scored 30 points and grabbed 14 boards for the Sooners.
  • And in the one close game of the night, Michigan State overcame a 13-point first-half deficit to beat Kansas 67-62. Kalin Lucas had a bad shooting night, but he hit five straight free-throws in the final minute to seal the win.