MI both scored and gave up 90 points in a NCAA Tournament game for the first time since defeating East Tennessee State 102-90 in 1992.
Michigan State is always unsafe in March with Tom Izzo and the team has the raw talent to make something happen, but the Spartans have been too inconsistent this season, especially away from East Lansing.
Guard Joshua Langford used to feature a photo on his Twitter page that included the current MSU freshman class alongside Jackson.
The Spartans worked together to keep Miami from gaining any traction down the stretch. "And then we just handled business".
Davon Reed had a decent game with 12 points and three rebounds.
Michigan State (20-14) grabbed a double-digit lead by halftime and led by more than 15 for most of the second half after going on an 8-2 run immediately after the break.
No. 9 seed Michigan State will face No. 1 seed Kansas in a Midwest Regional second-round game today.
Iowa State plays in the last game scheduled to start when they play Purdue. With just three team fouls to that point, OSU spent the next 50 seconds trying to foul in order to extend the game. "We can use that again".
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After two days of mild results, madness returned to the NCAA Tournament on Saturday. The weekend has been uncharted territory for most of this group, but if Johnathan Motley can stay out of early foul trouble they'll stay on track for the Sweet 16. Jackson, who grew up in Detroit, chose Kansas over Michigan State and other finalists. Ja'Quan Newton led the way for Coach Jim Larranaga's charges with 16 points.
With Brown hitting his first three shots and the Spartans committing six early turnovers, the Hurricanes bolted out to a 17-5 lead in the early minutes of the game and appeared comfortable against a Michigan State team that narrowly earned its 20th straight tournament appearance.
Penn State opened the scoring with a power-play tally as freshman Brandon Biro skated behind the MI net and fed classmate Liam Folkes on the left side of the crease for the 1-0 lead at 10:50. The Spartans began the second half on an 8-2 run and refused to let Miami back in the contest.
"Coming from the conference that they play in (Big 12), that's one of the most uptempo conferences in the country and I think we've been great in transition defense over the year", senior guard Derrick Walton Jr. said. Even in the end, Oklahoma State wouldn't go quietly, scoring 10 points in the final 44 seconds - although the final buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Evans was only of interest to those in Vegas who leaned toward the Pokes.
On the strength of being able to turn the Spartans over four times during the dominant opening run, Miami was able to get easy baskets in transition. They shot 4-14 the reminder of the first half. They will need to maintain that level of performance against the Jayhawks, who are deeper and more talented than Michigan State.
- Michigan State received an NCAA Tournament berth forth the 20th consecutive season.
Wichita State has the longest winning streak in the tournament at 16 games.