Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

March Madness: No. 9 Michigan State vs. No. 1 Kansas

March Madness: No. 9 Michigan State vs. No. 1 Kansas

Michigan State didn't have a typical season by its lofty standards, losing 15 games, but this was a huge statement win for Bill Self's team.

By the Numbers: Kansas 90, Michigan State 70.

The Jayhawks' victory assured KU a spot in Thursday's Sweet 16 contest against No. 4-seed Purdue at the Sprint Center, where KU was bounced by TCU in a Big 12 tournament quarterfinal game on March 9.

KU led by as many as 11 in the first half and got nine points apiece from Svi Mykhailiuk, Josh Jackson and Mason, as well as nine boards from Lucas. "They just took over". "It'll be a different feel to it so we're not too anxious about it", he said.

"I knew it was going to be a fun game before it even started", Jackson said.

Despite his momentary exit, Bridges netted 13 points by halftime and was one of three Spartans to share a stake in rebounds with three.

MSU cut KU's lead to one with more than 12 minutes to play, but the veteran Jayhawks took their production to another level versus the younger Spartans once they felt challenged. Graham finished with 18 points, including three three's in the last five minutes, and Jackson had seven of his game-high 23 in the last six minutes.

Much of Sunday's second round game between top-seeded Kansas and No. 9 seed Michigan State was a battle. Kansas mistakes didn't kill the favored team on a potentially stressful stage. Well, until recently. The Wolverines have found their groove and much like the previously mentioned Jayhawks, Michigan is going to make teams score with them in order to have a chance. Nick Ward, who ran into foul trouble late in the game, added 13. Perhaps a little supercharged for a matchup against his many friends on the Michigan State roster, Jackson missed his first three shots.

Eighth-seeded Wisconsin took out No. 1 overall seed and defending national champion Villanova in a second-round game Saturday, and No. 7 MI ousted No. 2 Louisville on Sunday. But the team went only 3 for 11 from 3-point range in the period. "They'll benefit from the return of 6'9" forward Gavin Schilling from a season lost to knee injuries, which, along with the arrival of 6'10" five-star recruit Jaren Jackson, will provide the size that was glaringly missing this year.

The Kansas Jayhawks (29-4) are coming from a 100-62 win over UC Davis in which Frank Mason III scored 22 points in 8-for-14 shooting from the field and 3-for-4 from the free throw line.

The most significant departure Izzo will have to deal with is Miles Bridges, who could very well declare for the National Basketball Association draft after putting together the best freshman season at MSU by anyone not named Magic Johnson.

"And they (Spartans) go downhill when they get possession as well as anybody".

"As time went by throughout the game, seeing a couple of shots fall, just trying to play defense and let the game slow down a little bit by playing defense". And then there is the faint hope for Miles Bridges. After the slam, he apparently barked at a Spartan player was called for a technical. "Now, that doesn't mean we have an advantage or anything like that, but you would think that would be a nice reward to having a good season".

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