The Wolverines move the ball with balletic grace around the perimeter, cut with élan and use that movement to create open three-point looks. Then a double-digit deficit.
Michigan State got its bad stretch of basketball against Miami out of the way early in its NCAA Tournament first-round game at the BOK Center Friday night. Game time is yet to be determined. Bridges leads in rebounds with 8.3 while Cassius Winston tops in assists with 5.1 per game. Ward made 8 of 9 from the floor for a team-high 19 points.
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Grayson Allen had 21 points off five 3-pointers, Jayson Tatum had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and second-seeded Duke continued its flawless postseason with an 87-65 victory over Troy in the NCAA Tournament on Friday night to start the East Region. But, Jackson went to Kansas, and now the Spartans get their shot at payback. It lived up to the hype as MI, seeded seventh in the Midwest region, poured home a tournament-record 16 three-pointers (16-29, .552) with a total of 16 lead changes and 12 ties throughout a frenetic 40 minutes of play. The Arkansas senior big man had three nasty blocks against Seton Hall to go with 23 points and six rebounds in a bounce-back performance from his controversial finish in the SEC Tournament, where he was ejected after a flagrant foul on De'Aaron Fox in the final minutes.
Things started poorly for MSU.
MI will now face off against No. 2 Louisville in the second round on Sunday. The Bearcats hit their first nine shots and shot 62 percent for the game. A Brown steal and breakaway dunk prompted Izzo to call a timeout.
No. 3 OR sailed into the second round as Tyler Dorsey poured in 24 points to lead a 93-77 rout of Iona in Sacramento.
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MSU's Matt McQuaid drained a three-pointer to briefly stem the damage.
MI went up 92-88 with 3.7 seconds left after a pair of D.J. Wilson free throws iced the game. It was the Spartans' sixth giveaway. These young guys had never played in the NCAA Tournament before and the jitters were getting to them early.
But the Spartans survived the Hurricanes' landfall and responded.
Those numbers, along with eliminating the silly turnovers, helped the Spartans go on a 30-8 run over the final 10:39 of the first half to take a 38-27 lead into the locker room. MI committed just four turnovers all day, continuing its nation-low turnover ratio. "The basis of it was they punched us in our mouth".
Ward returned and had 11 points at halftime, Bridges had nine, and Alvin Ellis had five points and six rebounds. "We have so far in the second half of the year, and hopefully we can carry that momentum on the defensive side into tomorrow".
The Michigan State Spartans (19-14) are coming from a 63-58 loss to the Minnesota Golden Gophers in which Miles Bridges scored 20 points in 7-for-20 shooting from the field and 4-for-4 from the free throw line.