College basketball: High-octane offense, 3-point barrage leads MI past Oklahoma State

Beth Cruz
March 18, 2017

For now, we'll have to wait and see.

Bridges participated in both the McDonalds' All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic Game during his senior in high school. Ward is a load inside at 6'8, 250 and is Michigan State's second leading scorer at 13.7 PPG and 6.5 RPG.

One of the most unselfish teams in the country.

The Wolverines fired in 16 3-pointers, 11 in a scorching second half, pulling away for a 92-91 win at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Only UNC Wilmington has allowed a higher OPP FG% than Michigan's 46.3 or OKST's 47.

Sixteen more games will wrap the round of 64. They made three more in another flurry to take a 76-68 lead with 6:47 to go. If you had a rooting interest then indigestion was on the menu not matter what flavor those wings were.

After Michigan (25-12) went 5-of-14 from 3 in the first half, the Wolverines ignited, making 11 of 15 in the second half. The problem: MI went 11 of 15 from 3-point range in the second half.

This season has been a huge improvement for the Badgers, who finished second in the Big Ten with a 12-8-0 record.

It's likely that schedule that earned Michigan State a 9-seed in this tournament, because otherwise, the Spartans' resume isn't very flattering.

The team's senior starters, Zak Irvin and Walton Jr., are preaching focus and execution this week because they don't want their college careers to end just yet.

Early in the second half the Cowboys had come back from the one point deficit at the half of 41-40 to surge in front.


Jeffrey Carroll had 19 points for Oklahoma State while Phil Forte added 12 points and Leyton Hammonds had 10. "That's when we have to coach him really hard and convince him to take over, control this team and run this team".

"We haven't played a team that got up into us in a minute". We got a couple stops in a row, three stops in a row.

"We had enough firepower to withstand their incredible offensive talent and get enough points", MI coach John Beilein said.

John Beilein's team had two home games to get everything right.

Conventional wisdom held that Penn State would peak in March, just in time to win their sixth wrestling title in seven years.

Michigan State advanced at least to the Sweet 16 every year from 2012 to 2015 and earned a Final Four berth in 2015.

But it will also be a pairing of accomplished coaches and teams that aren't quite where they would like to be, though close, when the Hurricanes and Spartans tip off in the late game on Friday at the BOK Center in Tulsa. They were only getting warmed up.

It's March Madness, the greatest time of the year. He only had 7.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Paul George made six 3-pointers and finished with 39 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 98-77 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night.

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