March Madness 2012 Simulated: West Region

Baylor has advanced out of the South region, so who will prevail from the West? Michigan State is the favorite but Missouri and Marquette are also contenders to win that part of the bracket. Also featured is Murray State, having lost just 1 game all season long. Games are after the jump.

Play-In Game

#14 BYU vs. #14 Iona

Yawn. BYU wipes out Iona in the 2nd half. BYU 70 Iona 59

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Second Round

#1 Michigan State vs. #16 LIU-Brooklyn

Sparty took full advantage of LIU’s 8.5 minute scoreless drought, turning an early 11-9 lead to 24-9 and in a #1 vs. #16 game that means game over. Michigan State 84 LIU-Brooklyn 61

#8 Memphis vs. #9 Saint Louis

An ugly display of offensive basketball from both sides. The Tigers went 0-14 from three-point land, and Saint Louis put up 4-20 in the same category. Memphis pulled out the victory late when Will Barton sank two free-throws to give his team a 58-53 lead with under a minute in regulation, and the scoring stopped (shockingly). Memphis 58 Saint Louis 53

#5 New Mexico vs. #12 Long Beach State

The Lobos drained 11 three-pointers, which were key to turning a 39-31 halftime lead into a wipeout that saw them up as much as 17. LBSU put up some garbage points to dress up this mess. New Mexico 70 Long Beach State 60

#4 Louisville vs. #13 Davidson

Balanced scoring from the Cardinals in this one. Six players hit double-figures, and Chane Behanan had a team-high 15 pts. Davidson tied the game on several occasions, but with the score level at 39-39 early in the 2nd half, Louisville made a big 13-2 run to put the game out of reach. Louisville 78 Davidson 68

#6 Murray State vs. #11 Colorado State

What a terrible region. I swear I simulated all of these once. Chalk continues as the Racers wipe out a tepid-looking Colorado State from tip-off to final buzzer. Murray State 91 Colorado State 71

#3 Marquette vs. #14 BYU

Darius Johnson-Odom scored 22 pts, including 4 of 5 from beyond the arc, and the Golden Eagles had no issues with the Cougars. Marquette 78 BYU 65

#7 Florida vs. #10 Virginia

Our first upset of the region sees the Cavaliers batter and bruise the Gators. UVA took a 39-23 lead at halftime and although Florida would get the deficit down to 54-46, they wouldn’t get any closer. Mike Scott led all scorers with 23 pts and also hauled 15 rebounds. Virginia 65 Florida 53

#2 Missouri vs. #15 Norfolk State

Another game, another double-digit wipeout. Missouri 78 Norfolk State 61

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Third Round

#1 Michigan State vs. #8 Memphis

Memphis shocked the Spartans with a 33-26 halftime lead, and they held onto their cushion for much of the 2nd half. MSU however would make their inevitable charge and Keith Appling’s go-ahead bucket put Sparty up 52-50 with under 6:00 to play, and it was the beginning of the end for Memphis, who would only make two field goals the rest of the game. Michigan State 64 Memphis 55

#4 Louisville vs. #5 New Mexico State

FINALLY! A close contest. the Cardinals looked to be on their way to a blowout with a 44-33 advantage seven minutes into the 2nd half, but the Lobos clawed their way back to take a 57-56 lead with just about 2:30 remaining. Chris Smith gave Louisville the lead back on two FTs, and Kyle Kuric stole possession on the ensuing play to put them in a prime position to pull off the W. After Peyton Siva missed his shot with :22 remaining, Chane Behanan snagged the offensive rebound for the Cardinals, forcing New Mexico to foul three times to get into the one-and-one situation. Kuric made both ends of the one-and-one with :11 on the clock. Hugh Greenwood had his chance to force OT but hit the front of the rim, but Chad Adam’s offensive rebound with :02 left meant he had a chance to get the tying three….but he could not make his shot. Fitting end for New Mexico, who went 2-15 from downtown and couldn’t come up with the big basket when it mattered most. Louisville 60 New Mexico 57

#3 Marquette vs. #6 Murray State

The Racers had their chances to advance to the Sweet 16 but just could not pull the trigger. With 2:29 left in regulation, Marquette held a slender 69-67 lead after being up by 9 at intermission. Murray State took that time to miss all 3 field goal attempts, the front end of a one-and-one, and commit a turnover. Zay Jackson’s game-winning attempt was off-target and in a horrendous final few minutes there was no scoring from either team. Marquette 69 Murray State 67

#2 Missouri vs. #10 Virginia

Down just 51-50 with under 6 minutes left, Virginia was feeling pretty confident of another upset. Unfortunately, confidence does not get you points, which is something they neglected for almost the remainder of the game. Mizzou went on an 11-3 run with Virginia’s only points coming with 3 seconds left. Missouri 62 Virginia 53

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Regional Semifinals

#1 Michigan State vs. #4 Louisville

What can I say? Michigan State did not show up at all in the 2nd half. A largely defensive struggle, the Spartans trailed 27-21 at the break, but a 12-3 spurt by Louisville after the intermission effectively put the game to bed. Louisville wanted to make a statement and led by as much as 26! MSU only hit 16-50 from the floor and had a -12 rebound differential. And to think, Peyton Siva was held to just 1 point! Louisville 73 Michigan State 49

#2 Missouri vs. #3 Marquette

Missouri’s remarkable 61% field goal percentage sparked a 54 point first half and they hung on for the W. Marquette played well, shot well, and only had 10 turnovers in the ball game. But when your opponents are hot, they’re hot. Marquette tried to come back from their 54-42 deficit but never got within 5. Missouri 87 Marquette 74

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Regional Final

#2 Missouri vs. #4 Louisville

Unlike last game, Missouri’s shooting frenzy fizzled. They were up 29-17 late in the opening half but Louisville stormed back to make it just 30-27 at the break. Their momentum carried over into the 2nd half and with 2:09 left Chane Behanan drilled the tiebreaking triple, giving the Cardinals a 63-60 lead and starting a 12-4 run to pull away late from Missouri and advance to the Final Four. Louisville 72 Missouri 64

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So Louisville wins the West and will face Baylor in the Final Four. The other side of the bracket will be posted tomorrow and the Final Four + Championship will come Thursday morning just before tip-off of the real tourney.

NEXT REGION: Midwest 

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