Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 3/21/12
Of the 16 teams still standing in the NCAA tournament, only three - Michigan State (Big Ten), Louisville (Big East) and Ohio (Mid-American) - won their conference tournament. Others such as Florida State (ACC), Vanderbilt (SEC) and Missouri (Big 12) have been sent packing. It shows just how difficult it is to sustain a high level of performance, not to mention good fortune, at this time of the year. In the case of both Michigan State and Louisville, who will meet in a West Region semifinal Thursday in Phoenix, defense is what brought them to the dance. And it's the reason they're still dancing. While high-scoring offenses can come and go, defense usually remains a constant. It's certainly been that way for these two Sweet 16 opponents. "Doesn't seem to change no matter what sport," said Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, a firm believer that defense still wins championships. Michigan State and Louisville are virtually tied for No. 2 nationally, behind only Kentucky, in defensive ...
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