Michigan State hopes to avoid another early NCAA exit


Ja'Quan Newton scored 16 points to lead Miami, which had won at least one tournament game in each of its previous three trips. The Spartans are 1-1 against Kansas in the NCAA tournament, including a loss in the infamous clock game at Kemper Arena in 1986.

Jawun Evans scored 23points and handed out 12 assists for a double-double, and OSU had five players finish in double figures.

There are three Big Ten teams that will represent the conference in the NCAA Tournament this year: No. 3 seed Maryland, No. 5 seed Ohio State and No. 9 seed Michigan State.

The Hurricanes entered the game as an eight seed and they were the favorites over the ninth-ranked Spartans. Aided by a Muhammad-Ali Abdur Rahkman four-point play, the Wolverines would eventually seize control of the game once again.

All the factors that were critical for a Miami victory failed them. The Spartans had only five more turnovers, with four of those coming in the final 6:15 as the Hurricanes tried to full-court-press their way out of a 22-point deficit, and Ward, no stranger to foul trouble throughout the season, didn't pick up his second until there was just over five minutes to play. The Cardinals have won all three meetings in the series, including the 2013 national championship game. Louisville was making its first postseason appearance since 2015 after sitting out last year because of a one-year, school-imposed postseason ban for alleged recruiting violations. Miami has a strong defensive team that should make it tough for these freshmen to get good looks at the basket.

The win ensures top seeds will remain ideal since the tournament expanded, with the schools now 132-0 against No. 16 seeds. In the meantime, the ACC doesn't have any regional semifinalists yet and is down to just two teams left in the tournament: North Carolina and Duke.

The problem was that MI was scheduled to play its first tournament game the next day in DC at 12:20 p.m.

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None of the Big Ten's seven tournament teams were seeded higher than a No. 4.

Miami (21-12) accounted for the game's first 10 points and before the Spartans could respond, the advantage stretched to 17-5 on a dunk from Bruce Brown. But he had 19 points by halftime in this one, helping the Tar Heels (28-7) quickly eliminate any chance of an unprecedented upset.

MI made 18 3-pointers - a school record for the NCAA Tournament - in its opening-round win.

11th seeded USC slipped past 6th seeded SMU 66-65.

Izzo now holds a 4-2 record against Self's Jayhawks, an impressive mark considering all but one of those games have come right down to the wire.

Star freshman Miles Bridges briefly left Michigan State's second-round game against Kansas with an injury.

GREENVILLE, South Carolina - Grayson Allen had 21 points off five 3-pointers, Jayson Tatum had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and second-seeded Duke continued its flawless postseason with an 87-65 victory over Troy in the NCAA Tournament on Friday night to start the East Region.