Spartans Upend No. 1 Cards

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 29, 2009 4:14 PM CDT
Spartans Upend No. 1 Cards
Michigan State's Durrell Summers (15) shoots against Louisville's Samardo Samuels (24) and Andre McGee, second from left, on Sunday, March 29, 2009, in Indianapolis.    (Michael Conroy)

Michigan State is marching on to Motown. The Spartans gave the Final Four a hometown feel, stopping overall No. 1 seed Louisville 64-52 today to win the Midwest Regional. Goran Suton had 19 points and 10 rebounds as the second-seeded Spartans (30-6) reached their fifth Final Four in 11 years—the most trips of any team in the nation during that span.

Only 90 miles from their campus in East Lansing, the Spartans will play Connecticut on Saturday at Ford Field in Detroit. A crowd of 72,000, the largest ever for college basketball's signature event, is expected for each game. "Detroit, here we come," said coach Tom Izzo, a Michigan native. "I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to that." The Spartans made it 30 years after Magic Johnson led them to a national title over Larry Bird and Indiana State. (Read more college basketball stories.)

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