NCAA tournament Midwest Region runback: Michigan State crushes Miami on Friday

NCAA tournament Midwest Region runback: Michigan State crushes Miami on Friday

NCAA tournament Midwest Region runback: Michigan State crushes Miami on Friday

The Jayhawks' four-guard lineup is athletic and aggressive. "But tomorrow we're playing against each other and it's us against them, so we're going to do the best for us to win the game and they're going to do the best for them to win". Devonte' Graham (13.2 points) and Svi Mykhailiuk (9.8) are three-point threats who free things up inside for Jackson and Mason to drive. A three-pointer from the logo and a jab step corner three over Jawun Evans pushed Michigan's lead to 8 points with just under 7 minutes to play. He also dishes out 12 assists and pulling down seven rebounds.

Oklahoma State's Jawun Evans hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer against MI to cover the points spread in Las Vegas. Miami went 10-8 in the ACC this season and is just 11-19 against the spread.

The national sports media had this game circled with two of the best offensive teams going toe to toe with the promise of a rare first-round classic with two teams seemingly under seeded. Mason led all scorers with 22 points and dished out 8 assists and pulled down 5 boards. Kamari Murphy leads in rebounds with 7.5 while Newton leads in assists with 3.4 per game. Sophomore forward Kenny Goins had six points in 12 minutes.

No. 6 Cincinnati became the only 6-seed to survive the first round by beating No. 11 Kansas State, 75-61 - Troy Caupain led the Bearcats offensively by pouring in 23 points with seven rebounds.

With Oklahoma State controlling play early in the game, a 6-0 run brought the Wolverines back into contention. The sophomore guard was 10-of-38 (27.8 percent) in his last three games coming into the NCAA Tournament and missed his first 11 shots. Both clubs are looking for their first trip to the Final Four since then. Another neutral court win will send them to the regional semifinals. The Spartans are 1-1 against Kansas in the NCAA tournament, including a loss in the infamous clock game at Kemper Arena in 1986.

"I told my guys, all I want to do is work another night and get a chance to go against one of the top teams", Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said.

MI advances to the NCAA Tournament's round of 32, where it will face the victor of Friday's Louisville vs. Jacksonville State game.

Below is all you need to know to watch Sunday's showdown between the Spartans and Jayhawks.

Michigan State continued its longstanding tradition of scheduling top teams to begin this season, one of the reasons it started the season with a 4-4 record. MSU's perimeter defense to prevent penetration will be critical, both with big men stepping up to defend ball screens and the guards staying in front of the slashing Jayhawks. You see a lot of coaching changes across America, but very rarely do you see one after just one year.

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