Homecoming: Jackson helps propel Jayhawks past Michigan State, 90-70

Posted March 20, 2017

"We feed off him". The Spartans closed the half on a 6-0 run, putting a dent into the Jayhawks' comfy 11-point margin. The team typically loves playing in the Sprint Center and has a winning record at its home-away-from-home. "This crowd was great (at BOK Center). I don't know if it was the veterans, or a combination of veterans and (our) youth". While the junior is only averaging 12.7 points per contest in 2016-17, he is averaging 21 points per game in the tournament, just in case fans needed proof of his epic performance during March Madness so far. "And probably a pretty good 30". "There was some pressure".

According to dogged reporting by the Kansas City Star, Jackson allegedly vandalized the auto of KU women's basketball player McKenzie Calvert last December; Calvert's father was miffed after the university appeared to mete out separate levels of punishment to Jackson and his daughter; and court documents from the incident allege Jackson threatened Calvert physically. You've got to do the things to get there. "And I just had to realize it was just another game, and it was about Kansas basketball versus Michigan State, and it wasn't about me versus Miles". Devonte Graham always makes the big shot, a la Mario Chalmers. "We're going to need that moving forward because you never know who's going to get in foul trouble or an injury or anything like that".

KU survived a mistake by Lagerald Vick, who slammed at 7:27 off a lob from Graham to give the Jayhawks a 69-59 lead. With 8:38 left to play, Ward was called for his fourth foul and put the Jayhawks into the bonus.

Tillman isn't the same type of game-changing talent, but he could see significant minutes next season backing up Jackson, Ward and Schilling on the front line. Lucas had a bucket to open that run and make it 71-64.

Trailing 45-36 with 16:09 to play, the German native scored on a layup to start a 17-6 run that gave MI its first lead since the opening minutes. After a quiet first half Nick Ward became more involved on the offensive and defensive sides for Michigan State getting into double figures with 11 points. "I had to play this game". The Jayhawks will end the Spartans' season, but it will be closer than most people expect. "So it was just really fun to be able to go out there and play against those guys and really proud to see them here and having success". It was a fast-paced game. I couldn't get up like I wanted to. And after Wagner's three-pointer broke a 55-55 tie with 6:39 to go, the Wolverines led the rest of the way.

The Spartans played Kentucky, Baylor and Duke in non-conference play, all teams ranked No. 1 throughout the season, and they hoped that would prepare them for tournament games similar to Sunday.

KU hit 53.1 percent of its shots (8 of 20 from three) for a 53.1 percent.