OSU vs. Michigan: Half-by-half breakdown and player of the game

A year after being ousted in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Michigan State made that a distant memory by routing Miami.

"I only saw a little bit of them tonight, thank God", Izzo said.

Izzo said, shaking his head.

OSU lost to MI 92-91 on Friday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

OSU was flawless in 10 trips to the charity stripe in the opening half, but U-M held a distinct advantage in turnovers, committing just two while forcing eight as the Wolverines converted the miscues into 10 points. MI just kept on shooting and making shots, and it needed every one of them to hold off the Cowboys.

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.

Oklahoma State shot almost 55 percent overall itself, led by an electric point guard in Juwan Evans, who finished with 23 points (10-26 FG), 12 assists and seven rebounds. Freshman Nick Ward adds 13.7 points and 6.5 boards per game. It's disappointing to lose, certainly, but it's more disappointing that we didn't play the kind of defense that we'd been playing for most of the season.

But after taking the Midwest Regional eighth seed's best flurry of punches, Michigan State rolled with youthful exuberance to a 38-27 halftime lead. 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.

In other March Madness news, UCLA pulled away late for a 97-80 victory over scrappy Kent State on Friday night in the NCAA Tournament South Region. Freshman forward Miles Bridges scored seven, and Ward chipped in four.

Guard Alvin Ellis III finished the first half by hitting a jumper, getting fouled and completing the three-point play at the free-throw line.

After First Round losses to Georgia State (2015) and Yale (2016), Baylor junior Al Freeman (21 points) came off the bench and had the biggest impact on the game for the Bears in their win. "Once the momentum shifted from our side to their side we could never get it back". MSU's lead swelled to 17 just 5 minutes into the half and grew to as many as 23. But there's been a process to this whole thing, and I've been sticking to it and saying it. We did get better the last 10, 12 games and it didn't always end up in wins.

"Sometimes the adversity kills you, and sometimes you rise up", Izzo said. I expect Tom Izzo to have Lourawls "Tum Tum" Nairn Jr on Frank Mason III, making it hard for Mason III to get to the basket. If Dejan Vasiljevic and Anthony Lawrence Jr. can get some threes to fall and Bruce Brown can play to his potential, I expect the Canes to win this by double-digits.

  • Loretta Pittman