The No. 9-seeded Spartans are 14-10 as a lower seed in tourney games during Izzo's 22 years at Michigan State.
MSU's game against Kansas will take place on Sunday at 5:15 p.m. EST and televised on CBS Sports. "I think the crowd enjoyed it, and we enjoyed it".
After giving up 10 points on five turnovers, mostly ending in open court lay ins, Michigan State made a decision to protect the basketball. That run set the tone for the remainder of the evening. Miami has a strong defensive team that should make it tough for these freshmen to get good looks at the basket.
Juwan Evans scored 23 points to lead the 10th-seeded Cowboys (20-13), who finished the season with four consecutive losses.
The Spartans are eight-point underdogs in the second round game.
It was enough to ease Michigan State coach Tom Izzo's mind about his young team.
Michigan State (20-14) grabbed a double-digit lead by halftime and led by more than 15 for most of the second half after going on an 8-2 run immediately after the break. "I think he's one of the best passers in college basketball". Winston only played 12 minutes and made next to zero impact in that game. Can their defense slow down Frank Mason, Devonte' Graham and Josh Jackson? These two last met in 2012 with Miami getting a 67-59 win. That said, I'm still laying the points with Lonzo Ball and TJ Leaf. "You definitely could tell". That certainly wasn't the case as the Wolverines struggled to hit the front end of one-and-one's, which allowed Oklahoma State to draw the score within two with 4 seconds left to play. Self is a graduate of Oklahoma State, and he coached at IL before coming to Kansas.
OSU was flawless in 10 trips to the charity stripe in the opening half, but U-M held a distinct advantage in turnovers, committing just two while forcing eight as the Wolverines converted the miscues into 10 points. The Spartans got revenge by defeating the Jayhawks in the 2009 regional semifinal en route to Izzo's fifth of seven Final Fours.
Cincinnati (30-5) was knocked out the first round a year ago and No. 6 seeds were 0-3 before the Bearcats took the floor, with Maryland, Creighton and SMU all losing to No. 11 seeds. So I'm sure that they'll, I don't even want to use the word 'recover'. You see a lot of coaching changes across America, but very rarely do you see one after just one year.
So down the stretch, when MI needed a bucket, it usually found one.
MI closed as a 2.5-point betting favorite today against Oklahoma State in a first round game and led by four points with the final seconds quickly ticking off the clock. That's the game in which the Kemper clock malfunctioned.
The first round of March Madness is in the books while the second round is wrapping up.
Evans' 3-pointer at the buzzer was meaningful only for those who bet with the point spread (Michigan was favored by 21/2).
But now he faces a Michigan State team in the first round that is making its 20th consecutive trip to the "Big Dance". Self said on Saturday. There's not much value in total points either way (my projected line is as 145), so unless there's some strong movement on the overs closer to the tipoff, I recommend skipping it. I think in Kansas they thought it was - there was no malfunction and everything was handled perfectly in Kansas, and I'm sure in the state of MI they thought totally otherwise. "I don't know that". "But I really don't remember much about it".
We knew this would be a fun game, and the Pokes and Wolverines delivered.. We had a good practice today.
Michigan State was 2-6 against ranked opponents this season and entered the NCAAs as a nine-seed coming off a 1-1 showing in the Big Ten Tournament.