Michigan State rights ship against Miami Hurricanes, will face Kansas
Janice Sanchez | March 19, 2017, 0:31
MI advances to the NCAA Tournament's round of 32, where it will face the victor of Friday's Louisville vs. Jacksonville State game. Jackson finished 8 of 13 from the field and 5 of 8 from 3-point range with seven rebounds.
"Miles Bridges and Nick Ward basically made every shot they took, " Miami coach Jim Larranaga said. OSU has an National Basketball Association talent in Evans, one of the best shooters in conference history in Forte and the most improved player in Jeffrey Carroll.
Evans threw in a 3-pointer at the buzzer to make it a one-point loss for the Cowboys - which blew the cover from MI bettors, who were laying 2.5 points.
The biggest test of their momentum will come when they play the victor of No. 15 Jacksonville State and No. 2 Louisville.
Guards Ja'Quan Lyle, Davon Reed and Bruce Brown all reached double-figure scoring and combined for 39 points.
Five turnovers in the early stages of the run helped the Hurricanes start the game on a 10-0 run.
The rematch of the 2013 National Championship between MI and Louisville is set for Sunday. With just three team fouls to that point, OSU spent the next 50 seconds trying to foul in order to extend the game. And once we did, Nick Ward came back into the game and really got it going. "Before maybe things were a little bit serious, talk about being on the bubble maybe or being in the NCAA Tournament".
But Michigan was absolutely on fire from downtown in the second half, preventing the Cowboys from riding an efficient offensive performance. "And they were able to keep that control throughout the second half".
Izzo admitted to being anxious about how Ward, Winston and fellow freshmen Miles Bridges and Joshua Langford would respond to their first experience in one of the greatest sporting events in the world. It couldn't possibly happen again, yet the Cowboys drew the hottest team in the country in their first NCAA Tournament in two years. They kept up that pace in blowing past the 15th-seeded Trojans (22-15).
The Spartans (20-14) advanced to the Sunday second-round game against Kansas (29-4), which played like a top seed in the earlier game, clobbering UC-Davis 100-62 in front of a packed BOK Center crowd that included actor Rob Lowe, who is filming a documentary nearby. The over/under total for the game is listed at 125.5 points.
The clashing styles yielded a wildly entertaining game here on Friday afternoon, one of the most riveting so far in the NCAA tournament.
The Spartans only made six of their 20 three-point attempts (30%) but shot 12/14 from the free throw line. But he had 19 points by halftime in this one, helping the Tar Heels (28-7) quickly eliminate any chance of an unprecedented upset. It began with a layup from Bridges followed by a Langford 3-pointer. No pressure on the Spartans, who had to fight to get into the NCAA tourney.