Michigan State Basketball: Game preview, prediction vs. Kansas

Michigan State Basketball: Game preview, prediction vs. Kansas”

Forward Nick Ward scored 19 points to lead Michigan State.

Literally, when the clock stopped. "The only thing I kind of thought about was I've never seen Coach Izzo coach so many freshmen and have to play at the same time, but I have seen Coach Self do it before".

While point spreads and other external factors don't have any bearing on games elsewhere, the Spartans, along with several members of the media, watched the end of Wisconsin's upset of No. 1 overall seed Villanova in their locker room and, later, fellow-Big Ten brother Northwestern, almost knocked off No. 1 Gonzaga.

"Was there a clock issue in that game?"

This is one of two coaching hires to be announced today. "We're locked in and you know that we're going to do whatever we can to get another win".

MI made 18 3-pointers - a school record for the NCAA Tournament - in its opening-round win.

But the Wolverines heated from outside, drilling three of their five first-half 3-pointers to surge into the lead. However, they also play a lot of close games.

From here, it'll be the numbers above and how each team performs and executes in many of those areas that determines which team moves on to next week's Sweet 16 in Kansas City, Mo.

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OSU again showed why it was one of the best offensive teams in the tournament, converting a layup and a timely second chance triple from Leyton Hammonds to make it 76-73.

Tom Izzo fan steve Carvajal adds "I am a Kansas fan but I am a fan of Izzo". Michigan State then used an 8-2 spurt out of the locker room to take total control and cruised from there.

MSU is gearing up for the big game tonight. Coincidentally, he was hired after the season by Tulsa as an assistant before Heathcote brought him back seven weeks later when Mike Deane left.

Below is all you need to know to watch Sunday's showdown between the Spartans and Jayhawks. It's just their second postseason matchup since that 1986 games.

But he hasn't forgotten that night at Kemper. Izzo was an assistant at MSU and Bill Self at Kansas for that matchup. If Dejan Vasiljevic and Anthony Lawrence Jr. can get some threes to fall and Bruce Brown can play to his potential, I expect the Canes to win this by double-digits. Both sides agree that defense, rebounding and transition are the three bullet-point items on each team's white board. He owns the most victories by any coach against a higher seed in tournament history.

"They responded", Izzo said. And going by the last two seasons, the Spartans prefer flying under the radar in the tournament as a No. 9 seed rather than have championship expectations as a 2 seed.

"We were like, all right, they punched us in the mouth and everything that could happen happened and now it's our turn to make our run. I think at different times programs go through little lapses or whatever it may be". All three of those victories came as the lower-seeded team (twice as a 2-seed and once as a 5-seed).

"I was anxious about whether these freshmen would handle the big stage, even though they've been on one, but it's still the NCAA Tournament, and the difference now is it's one-and-done time", Izzo said.

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