(3) Michigan State Pounds (6) Memphis, 70-48, Sweet 16 Bound


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G Fiume/Getty Images(AUBURN HILLS, Mich.) — The Spartans are headed to the Sweet 16.  Third-seeded Michigan State (27-8) cruised past sixth-seeded Memphis (31-5) 70-48 on Saturday in the South Region.

Michigan State guard Gary Harris scored 23 points in the rout and center Adreian Payne added 14 points and 10 rebounds.

“It always feels good to see shots go in,” Harris said.  “I just gotta give credit to my teammates, they were able to find me when I was open and had confidence in me.  I was able to knock down the shot.”

Michigan’s next opponent will be the winner of the Duke-Creighton game on Friday in the Midwest Regional semifinals at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

“This has been the greatest weekend we’ve had of the year,” said Spartans head coach Tom Izzo of his team, who has now reached the round of 16 for the fifth time in six years.  “I told them today I’m really proud of them and I really enjoyed it and it was fun.”

Memphis guard Geron Johnson scored 16 in the loss.

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