OSU vs. Michigan: Half-by-half breakdown and player of the game
Mar 19 2017
Michigan State's NCAA Tournament appearance streak is the third-longest active in the country, trailing only Kansas and Duke.
Despite trailing by as many as seven, MI was buoyed by 5-of-6 shooting from long range to start the decisive half.
Ten straight points by Miami followed, along with a bevy of MSU turnovers. Guard Miles Bridges added 18 and guard Joshua Langford had 13. But do they have a benchmark now to say, hey we did this, we did that?
"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. When you turn it over that much, it was pretty easy to come up with a solution - quit turning the ball over". Bridges leads in rebounds with 8.3 while Cassius Winston tops in assists with 5.1 per game.
"They responded", Izzo said.
"We just never let up", junior Lourawls Nairn said.
But a amusing thing happened on the way to Miami's rout.
The Hurricanes jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead and led by as many 12 before the Spartans' offense roared to life and launched a 30-8 run over the last 10:52 to take a 38-27 lead at halftime.
"It's not your typical Michigan State road to the NCAA Tournament", Spartans coach Tom Izzo said.
All the factors that were critical for a Miami victory failed them.
USC 66, SMU 65 - Elijah Stewart hit a late 3-pointer for No. 11 seed Southern California as the Trojans upset sixth seeded SMU 66-65 Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
In his final game, Dayton's Scoochie Smith had a game-high 25 points to go along with four assists, three rebounds and two steals.
The Miami Hurricanes (21-11) are coming from a 78-53 loss to North Carolina in which Bruce Brown scored 21 points in 9-for-13 shooting from the field and 2-for-2 from the free throw line.
"The only thing I'm happy about is I get to work another night", he said.
"We just played as a team really", Ward said. Miami has a strong defensive team that should make it tough for these freshmen to get good looks at the basket. The Wolverines almost never made it to Washington for that tournament.
INDIANAPOLIS - In a game that was close throughout, 10th-seed Wichita State outscored 7-seed Dayton 21-15 in the final eight minutes to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 64-58 triumph in Indianapolis.
But the Spartans survived the Hurricanes' landfall and responded.
Up next for MSU is No. 1 Kansas.
The Wolverines have won six in a row and need to beat Louisville to reach their first Sweet 16 since 2014. They are a well-coached team.
"We were so focused on trying to get a stop, knowing that we can match 'em (offensively), It's just about getting stops.". MI hit 16 3-pointers to set a school record for an NCAA Tournament game, but the Wolverines trailed 64-62 before going on a 14-4 run.