Louisville and Michigan State have had some memorable match-ups over the years. Some are remembered for good reason while others are sad memories.

The overall series is tied at five apiece, but the Cards came up short in three of the last four meetings. Two of those losses were in the NCAA tournament.

The Spartans ended Louisville’s season keeping them from reaching the Final Four in 2009 and 2015. Both were painful losses, but Louisville’s Sweet 16 win over Michigan State may be the biggest surprise in the series.

The improbable post season run of 2012 is one of my favorite Louisville basketball memories.

The Cards had no momentum at the end of the regular season, losing four of their final six games, including a senior night loss to South Florida.

Years later I’m still not sure what to credit it to, but Louisville found some magic and rode it all the way to the Final Four.

Here’s to hoping that the Cards can put together an impressive performance tonight that motivates VillenHD to come out of retirement.

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