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Wilson free throws gave MI a 92-88 lead with less than five seconds to play, and the Wolverines shrugged off a last-second three-pointer to advance to Sunday's (March 19) second round against the victor of second-seeded Louisville and 15th-seeded Jacksonville State.
Michigan State is always risky in March with Tom Izzo and the team has the raw talent to make something happen, but the Spartans have been too inconsistent this season, especially away from East Lansing.
Izzo now holds a 4-2 record against Self's Jayhawks, an impressive mark considering all but one of those games have come right down to the wire.
"I think we play better as the underdog", Bridges said. But it sure looked like one of those late-season Spartans teams we're all familiar with on Friday. Davon Reed has been the team leader with 15 points and 4.8 rebounds per game while Ja'Quan Newton is putting up 13.4 points per contest.
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.
Kansas led Michigan State 40-35 at halftime in their second-round NCAA Tournament game.
The Spartans, seeded ninth in the Midwest Region, will attempt to play giant killer on Sunday when they take on top-seeded Kansas. This is the third time this season MSU and Kansas have been at the same neutral site and the first time they've met.
"Then again, we played three teams during the year that were ranked No. 1 at one time".
The Kansas Jayhawks are one step away from advancing into the Sweet 16 but more important is the fact that the Jayhawks would be playing at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, which means that they would basically play at home.
Added Lucas: "When it's a team with a name like Michigan State, it just makes it even more special". They accounted well for themselves, especially freshman guard Nick Ward, who led Michigan State with 19 points in the first round victory. "When you're younger you just play fast because you feel like if you don't go at a fast pace the opportunity dwindles", Walton said.
Louisville leads the all-time series 3-0, with one win in Louisville, one in Ann Arbor and most recently in the 2013 championship game in Atlanta.
The total has gone under in four of Michigan State's last five games against Kansas.
"Once the momentum shifted from our side, I thought we played very well the first 10 minutes, to their side, they basically totally controlled the last 10 minutes of the half", Larranaga said.
Comparing what the second half turned into, the sluggish start to the first half proved to be an anomaly.
- Miami defeated Michigan State in the only other meeting between the Hurricanes and Spartans.
If their performance against Miami is any indication, Michigan State should be up to the challenge.
- Michigan State received an NCAA Tournament berth forth the 20th consecutive season.