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Instant Analysis: Michigan State rallies late

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Oklahoma came raging out of the gates on this one. It never trailed in the first half and had a .406 shooting percentage the first half.  The Spartans were sloppy early in the game and took bad shots which allowed Oklahoma to lead 31-27 at the break.  You have to remember, though, that the coach of Michigan State is Tom Izzo. After halftime, the Spartans came out of the locker room playing like the team that just beat Virginia.

There were five lead changes in a four-minute time span, which broke out into the Spartans taking the lead. Oklahoma fought back and gave Michigan State a fight to the finish, but couldn’t overcome the deficit, losing 62-58 to the Spartans.

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Instant Analysis: Louisville back in Sweet 16

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This was a back and forth game like almost every game this tournament, at least for the first half.  In the beginning of the game the Cardinals seemed to be just ahead of Northern Iowa but never out of reach.  The second half was a different story though as Louisville never lost the lead. Even after their offense stalled for minutes at a time they worked through it to hold off the Panthers, 66-53.

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Instant Analysis: No. 6 Xavier ends Georgia State’s run

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This game showed that a 14 seed can play with the big boys. Georgia State played a great game against Xavier in the first half with multiple lead changes and a halftime difference of just 4 points. The second half was just as close until the last few minutes of the game when Xavier started to pull away. Free throws made the difference in this game with Dee Davis from Xavier making 6 free throws in the last 44 seconds of the game. Xavier ended the last chance for a true Cinderella team to make it to the Sweet 16.

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