EAST REGION

AT CLEVELAND • 1:20 P.M. ON CH. 4

[4] Louisville (27-8) vs. [7] Michigan State (26-11)

• Michigan State finds itself in familiar territory again. Not only are the Spartans making their eighth Elite Eight apperance under coach Tom Izzo, but this will be their third meeting with Rick Pitino and Louisville in the second weekend of the NCAA tournament since 2009. Michigan State beat Louisville in the 2009 Elite Eight, but the Cardinals returned the favor three years later in the Sweet 16. These Spartans have looked more like those teams of the past during their late-season push, though free-throw shooting remains an issue. Louisville has also impressed of late, especially after dismissing point guard Chris Jones from the team Feb. 22.