Michigan State vs. Kansas: NCAA Tournament blue bloods square off

" MI set an NCAA Tournament program record with 16 three-pointers".

Michigan Basketball is on some sort of tear right now, and it carried into the NCAA Tournament.

A pair of clutch D.J.

Oklahoma State's Jawun Evans heaved up a desperation - and meaningless 3-pointer - as time expired, burying the shot to bring the final margin, 92-91 in favor of MI. Game time is yet to be determined. Carrington missed a 3 at the other end in what amounted to the ninth-seeded Pirates' last gasp.

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo would like to use last year's shocking NCAA Tournament loss as a teaching tool for this year's tournament team. He basically does it all for Kansas, similar to what Derrick Walton Jr. does for MI. The Jayhawks were balanced with all five starters going for double digits in points while Frank Mason III dealt out eight assists in the opening round win.

MI shook off a frustrating first half, marred by foul trouble and adjustments to OSU's fast-paced style of play, to hold a 41-40 lead at the break.

The Cowboys owned the biggest lead, maintaining a seven-point advantage through several minutes midway through the period. MI answered loudly, asserting its long-range prowess for one of the great storylines of the tournament. The only disappointment is that it was played at such a high level that it's unfortunate that one of these teams, Oklahoma State in this case, has to be sent home after just one game. The Wolverines were 44 nationally in 3-point shooting percentage before tipoff, hitting 38.1 percent, and they got prolific production from beyond the arc from Derrick Walton (6-for-9), Zak Irvin (4-for-6), Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman (3-for-6) and Duncan Robinson (2-for-4). So I didn't make the bench during the NCAA Tournament in '86.




The Cowboys, led by guard Jawun Evans, like to play an up-tempo style and actually led the nation in offensive efficiency by scoring lots of easy baskets in transition. "Once we're off the court we do a great job of taking care of our bodies and getting in the hot tub, cold tub, recovery booths and getting with our trainers and things like that to make sure we're feeling a lot better for the next day".

"Shooting the ball from 3 is part of our package", Beilein said. Sophomore forward Kenny Goins had six points in 12 minutes.

He says the biggest change the team made is that they were able to reduce the number of turnovers.

GREENVILLE, South Carolina - 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. MI committed just four turnovers all day, continuing its nation-low turnover ratio.

The victor of today's game will advance to face either No. 4 seed Purdue or No. 5 seed Iowa State next week.

MSU is gearing up for the big game tonight. Wagner did not play a significant role in the game, although he still finished with six points in 14 minutes.

The second-seeded Wildcats are shooting 33 percent from the field, and the Shockers 30 percent. The last time the teams met in the NCAA Tournament, the Spartans beat the Jayhawks 67-62 in 2009 to reach the Elite 8.

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