Michigan State Spartans forward Draymond Green (right) and head coach Tom Izzo (left) watch during practice the day before the semifinals of the west region of the 2012 NCAA men

Louisville wary of Michigan State’s Draymond Green


It’s no secret that Louisville will key in on Draymond Green on Thursday, here’s a little bit of what was said about him at today’s press conference from Louisville.

Rick Pitino on the match-up problems that exist with Green

Well, that’s just it, his position, I’m not sure what his position is. If they need somebody to run a pick-and-roll, if they need a post up, post up. If they need a guy to take a bounce, he does that. He’s about the most complete player in college basketball in terms of all phases of the game.

Center Gorgui Dieng on containing Green

Michigan State is a great team. Draymond Green is a top-three player in the country. We’re going to try to find a game plan to stop them. We’re going to try and match up with them and play.”

Dieng went on to talk about the depth of the rest of the Spartans saying there are a lot of players who do “little things.”

Forward Chane Behanan on defending Green

“They’re looking for me to limit (Green’s) touches, limit him on the offensive glass, defensive glass. They gave me that job as a freshman, so I have to have the mindset of a veteran. Just get the job done and move on to the Elite Eight.”

Thursday’s game tips off at 7:47 from Phoenix and will air on TBS.

The Spartans are favored by 5 points.

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