Quite simply, Michigan State laid down the hammer defensively against Memphis to reach the Sweet 16 for the fifth time in six seasons and 11th time in Tom Izzo's tenure.
MSU's 70-48 win against a team many thought would give the Spartans trouble is what makes it that much more impressive.
The only other game I tracked this season where MSU had a better defensive effort was the nearly unwatchable 58-43 win against Wisconsin in early March. MSU's defensive efficiency was 66.4 that day compared to 69.0 against Memphis. That said, I'm sure Ken Pomeroy would find a way to make the two numbers equal since the latter game was played on a neutral site versus the home game at the Breslin Center.
Previous 2012-13 Spartan Defensive Score Sheets
MSU vs. Wisconsin (March 7)
MSU at Michigan (March 3)
MSU at Ohio State (Feb. 24)
MSU vs. Indiana (Feb. 19)
MSU vs. Michigan (Feb. 12)