Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

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

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

It was 92-91 by the time Oklahoma State finally yielded.

"You love it when you're going up and down like that", Abdur-Rahkman said. Unlike most teams Baylor plays, however, USC does have the size to deal with Johnathan Motley. "So when it gets up and down, you kind of get excited".

MSU is gearing up for the big game tonight.

Containing run-outs and flurries by the Jayhawks is the first concern for the Spartans, beginning with Frank Mason, the senior point guard who quarterbacks KU. Jawun Evans, the speedy point guard, was all over the court and contributed eight points.

He was held scoreless three times this season, including by Kennesaw State and Furman. "Our kids know just how good that team is and they understand who they beat and how they beat them". The big man did whatever he wanted against a taller frontcourt in Miami, finishing with 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting with seven rebounds. For the record, that's on Maryland's eastern shore. "He can make shots, he can put the ball on the deck, he guards".

Langford emerged even further from his shell by scoring nine of his 13 points early in the second half to keep momentum swung in MSU's direction along the way to a 78-58 victory. Time after time in the second half, it was Walton who burned the Cowboys, leading MI to victory. I really like both of these teams. As the No. 9 seed, they advance to face top-seeded Kansas on Sunday.

Michigan State's win over the Hurricanes improved the school to 14-10 in the NCAA Tournament as a lower seed under Izzo. "So we can go both ways with our youth".

MI and Louisville will square off for the second time in NCAA Tournament history, and the last time around was a doozie. "I don't think we're afraid of anybody, because we've already played some of those teams".

Against Miami, Michigan State fell behind by as many as 12 points in the first half before turning things around and building a comfortable 38-27 lead at halftime.

Louisville faces seventh-seeded MI on Sunday for a ticket to the Sweet 16. He averaged 8.0 in the first 23 games. It made 16 of them, good for a staggering 55.2 percent.

The 6-foot-3 junior also came through with a pair of free throws with 18.3 seconds left following a whistle in which officials reviewed Desi Rodriguez's foul to stop the clock and changed it to a flagrant foul.

Heathcote has long contended the game should have been over at that point, and it he still hasn't forgotten about it.

"There wasn't a lot of defense being played", Walton added.

"It's just, I won't say it's ho-hum, but it gets to be".

"The game is evolving into this", Underwood said.

"But you know, obviously Scott Skiles and company".

Oklahoma State: For the Cowboys, the NCAA Tournament has been problematic.

The Wolverines lit up the scoreboard while torching Oklahoma State from beyond the arc Friday. The celebration was brief because it wasn't just about Friday, and it isn't just about Sunday.

MI is a slight favorite and one of the big national stories.

MI had a 41-40 lead at halftime, and the second half was a furious race to the finish. We match up well with them. And as much as I'm looking forward to the game, it's frustrating that they're playing each other in the Round of 32. "I think they do a great job of that".

They certainly enjoyed it back home too, where the Plane Wreck Boys already have become part of MI lore. They can anhilate an opponent with in the matter of moments if the right team gets hot.

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