No. 9 seed Michigan State battled back from deficits of 10-0 and 17-5 to blow out No. 8 Miami.
No. 7 MI outlasts No. 10 Oklahoma State, 92-91 - An outburst from beyond the arc helped MI avoid a subtle upset despite constant pressure from the Cowboys' fast-paced offense.
The injury-riddled and youthful Spartans suited up only three players on Friday who saw action in last year's opening-round loss as a No. 2 seed to Middle Tennessee State.
Miami (21-12) exited in the first round for the first time in three trips to the NCAA Tournament under coach Jim Larranaga. Michigan State freshman Cassius Winston comes off the bench to the tune of 174 assists, 74 turnovers and 6.7 points per game. They will host Kent State on Thursday, which promises to be an exciting prospect for Wolverine fans. "And they were able to keep that control throughout the second half". The Wolverines had trouble guarding the slightly quicker Cowboys. Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman nailed a big one.
Following a clutch mid-range jumper from Zak Irvin, OSU's Evans went to the free throw line with U-M holding an 84-79 lead with 1:31 left. Starting guards Jeffrey Carroll and Phil Forte are each shooting at least 42 percent from beyond the arc and have combined to make 140 3-pointers this season.
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Tom Izzo has been incredible in the second round during his career at Michigan State.
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Senior guard Christavious Gill , who scored eight points to go with two assists and a rebound, led all players with four steals. I think we have close to 20 mid-terms this week between the team", said coach Mitch Henderson, a former Princeton player.
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Nick Ward scored a game-high 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting.
KU's second round opponent is a somewhat familiar one, as the Jayhawks have played Michigan State three times in the last five years, twice in the Champions Classic and once in the Old Spice Classic.
The Spartans huge rebounding edge also led to a 17-6 advantage on second-chance points and 40 points in the paint.
There's no secret what MI is going to do late in a game with a lead: run the clock and give Derrick Walton the ball and let him make a play. UofL defeated that trio, while MI went 4-1, beating IU and Purdue twice each but losing to the Hokies 73-70 on November 30 in Ann Arbor. The 'Canes entered the season with a young and shallow roster, playing with one senior and having 7-8 players touch the court in most games.
After one of his second-half 3-pointers, MI point guard Derrick Walton Jr. pounded his chest and took a few steps backward down the court. Walton checked back into the game and made a great feed to Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and then knocked in a wide open three off of a flare screen.
The run stretching over both halves was 47-15. "In the second half, I settled down". Walton finished the game with 2x points and led his time like he's done so many times this season. Hundreds of thousands of dollars changed hands on one shot in Michigan's 92-91 win.
As for UofL's offense, the Cards will undoubtedly have to hit some outside shots themselves after dominating in the paint and on the boards against Jax State. Self is a graduate of Oklahoma State, and he coached at IL before coming to Kansas. With a solid recruiting class due to land in Stillwater next season and the potential return of Evans, the future is bright for the Cowboys.