They escaped from third-round underdogs by a combined seven points, and now, top-seeded Michigan State and No. 4 seed Louisville are set to square off in Thursday’s Sweet 16 action.
The showdown features two of the country’s toughest defenses, but they’ll have their work cut out for them to slow down offensive stars Peyton Siva of the Cardinals and Draymond Green of the Spartans.
Green, the Big Ten Player of the Year, will face a stiff test from the physical Cardinals frontcourt. Gorgui Dieng is one of the nation’s leading shot-blockers, and freshman Chane Behanan outweighs Green by 20 pounds.
Here is a position-by-position look at how the two teams match up, plus the offensive and defensive factors that will decide who moves on to the Elite Eight.