Rick Pitino was 9-0 coaching teams in the Sweet 16.
He is now 10-0 after Louisville manhandled Michigan State in the Round of 16, 57-44,in the Phoenix Regional on Thursday night.
Michigan State, a team that was unranked at the start of the season, ends its year with a 29-8 record.
The Spartans never got going Thursday night, and if not for Draymond Green’s 13 points and 16 rebounds, the game would have much worse — if you can imagine that.
Louisville only shot 38 percent on the game, but MSU was much worse at 28 percent, hitting only 23 percent from 3-point range.
Brandon Wood led the team with 14 points, and like Green, played his final game for the Spartans.
“Well, it’s hard to feel good and hard to feel bad,” Tom Izzo said after the game. “It’s hard to feel good because I don’t think we had anybody that played at all like they played in the last three weeks. “But it’s hard to feel bad because Louisville deserved it. They outboarded us. They took it at us pretty good. And every time they cut the lead, they brought it up.
Michigan State did lead the game early on, but Louisville got seven 3-pointers in the first half, leading to a 23-18 edge. Yes, MSU only managed 18 points in the first half.
It’s an end of are of sorts for Green, who was an All-American this season, Big Ten player of the year and the team’s all-around star. He did a lot with a team than wasn’t expected to even compete for a Big Ten title.
In the end, this game came down to a team that simple had a bad night on a big stage.
“This is one of those games when I don’t think we had one guy play really well, and I’m not saying we did as good a job as coaches,” Izzo said. So we grew together, we won together, we had fun together — today we cried together.