Gameday Breakdown: No. 3 KU basketball vs. Michigan State

Beth Cruz
March 20, 2017

Derrick Walton Jr. scored 26 points and MI made 16 3-pointers Friday to hold off Oklahoma State 92-91 in the first round of the Midwest Regional.

The seventh-seeded Wolverines (25-11) set a school record for 3s in an NCAA Tournament game.

Four different Penn State Nittany Lions found the back of the net in a 4-1 win over Michigan Thursday night in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals at Joe Louis Arena. The Jayhawks can run and put up points in a hurry, but also play a stout defense that will bury a Spartans team that can struggle to score.

OR 93, Iona 77 - With star big man Chris Boucher cheering in a bulky knee brace from the sidelines, Tyler Dorsey scored 24 points to lead four players in double figures, and No. 3 seed OR beat 14th-seeded Iona 93-77 Friday in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament's Midwest Region. The Hurricanes actually got off to a good start to begin the game, but the Spartans had a 20-2 run late in the first half. Joshua Langford contributed 13 points for MSU, which will face top-seeded Kansas in round two on Sunday.

Miami will rely on the senior leadership of Davon Reed in this one and hopefully the role players will show up.

No. 1 seed Kansas against No. 9 Michigan State features two top freshmen in the Jayhawks' Josh Jackson and the Spartans' Miles Bridges. However, they also play a lot of close games.


Michigan State blasted the Miami Hurricanes 78-58 on Friday, behind 19 points and seven rebounds from freshman forward Nick Ward. Kansas enters the matchup as the heavy favorite to win this game and is picked by many to go deep into the tournament. The program won an NCAA Tournament game for the first time since advancing to the Elite Eight and losing to Stanford in 1998. The Sophomore scored 23 points on 10-of-26 shooting. The Wolverines have never faced the Gamecocks and haven't played the Cardinal since the 1997 NIT. But he had 19 points by halftime in this one. Cincinnati known for its defense and did that, too, preventing Kansas State from making much of a run after building a 17-point lead.

11th seeded USC slipped past 6th seeded SMU 66-65. Beilein said during his recent hot streak, the aspect of Walton's game that jumps out has been his pace of play and effectiveness on defensive switches.

Moe Wagner had a career-high 26 points, and D.J. Wilson made four free throws in the final 17 seconds to clinch it.

Oklahoma State lost despite a 40-21 rebounding advantage.

Oklahoma State's Jawun Evans hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer against MI to cover the points spread in Las Vegas. Lastly, Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman contributed 16 points (6-11 FG, 3-6 3-point) and four assists.

Sunday's slate of games offers a litany of upset potential, and the mighty ACC Conference could be entirely eliminated from the tournament - only Duke, North Carolina and Louisville remain in the field. More fouls and turnovers ensued, which the Hurricanes used to build 10-0 and 17-5 leads and conjure of memories of MSU's disastrous beginning against Middle Tennessee State previous year in St. Louis.

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