Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
So much for three Big East teams making the Final Four.
No. 2 Michigan State came out and just gave it to No. 1 Louisville 64-52 behind 19 points and 10 rebounds from Goran Suton in the Midwest Regional final in Indianapolis. Durrell Summers added 12 points for the Spartans.
“I take my hat off to my players,” Spartans coach Tom Izzo told CBS. “They prepared so well the last day and a half. And we played well and that is a great Louisville team. I didn’t know if we could beat them. But I thought we had a chance if we checked them and we checked pretty good and Goran Suton made some shots.”
Michigan State, buoyed by the presence of Magic Johnson, will face UConn in one national semifinal while Villanova will meet either North Carolina or Oklahoma.
Earl Clark had 19 points for Louisville, the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinals got a combined five points from Terrence Williams and Samardo Samuels.
“We had a very difficult time playing against their man,” Cards coach Rick Pitino said. “We wanted to go inside to out but they’re very experienced at the five spot.They did some good things. So they deserve all the credit with an outstanding victory.”
There won’t be a repeat of 1985 when the Big East sent three teams to the Final Four.
“Detroit here we come,” said Izzo, who has now made five Final Fours. “I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to that.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.