Sweet 16: Season Of Ups And Downs Comes To An End For Michigan State

Although it was not the biggest upset of the 2012 NCAA Tournament (far from it, in fact), it was still stunning when the No. 4 Louisville Cardinals pulled off the victory against the No. 1 Michigan St. Spartans on Thursday in the Sweet 16. The Cardinals knocked off the top seed in the West Region and will advance to the Elite Eight following the decisive 57-44 win.

While Louisville fans are celebrating their win, Spartans fans are left to pick up the pieces. Pete Rossman at MSU blog The Only Colors reflects on the season of ups and downs:

I think disappointment is something we're all feeling right now. Many of us started out this season expecting this team to contend in the Big Ten, then thinking they could be more, than celebrating when they took sole possession of first place. There was discontent when they tied for the Big Ten regular season title, euphoria when they won the Big Ten tournament title, then...this.

For more on the 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket, stick around SB Nation's NCAA Tournament hub. There you'll find a complete printable NCAA Tournament bracket and tons of analysis on who was snubbed, who got the best bracket and who will make it all the way to New Orleans and the Final Four.

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