KU has forged this season on a find-a-way mindset, which showed up among other ways in winning by six points or fewer in eight of its 14 Big 12 victories. Even while being out of the game for nearly four minutes, Bridges was still leading away for the Spartans by scoring eight of the team’s first 22. “That’s why they’ve been ranked No. 1”. Izzo watched both of them play several times. So that’s enough, a little bit of youth, a lot of experience, good coach, 16,000 fans or however many were here. “I think he got them back”. Nick Ward, who ran into foul trouble late in the game, added 13.
Two days after scoring 17 in the tournament opener, Jackson delivered one of the best all-around performances of his career against the Spartans, whom he grew up cheering for and almost joined before signing with the Jayhawks.
Jackson led the way with 23 points.
No. 1 seeded Kansas is headed to its home-away-from-home just two victories shy of its first Final Four berth since 2012 and third in the 14-year Bill Self era. “I was kind of slow when I was on defense”.
The day before the game, the Spartans’ coach reminisced about recruiting Jackson and said: “I got on my hands and knees and begged him”. Today, I give all the credit in the world to Josh. So I knew it was going to be a fun game before it even started. Devonte Graham always makes the big shot, a la Mario Chalmers. Those two guards aren’t going to tire no matter what. Adebayo clinched it by blocking Landry Shamet’s 3-pointer shot at the buzzer.
Tyler Dorsey hit a contested go-ahead 3-pointer from the top of the arc with 38.4 seconds to play, E.C. Matthews airballed a long 3 in the waning moments trying to force overtime, and third-seeded OR rallied in the second half to beat upstart No. 11 Rhode Island on Sunday. Bridges hit all three free throws, cutting MSU’s deficit to a 40-35 game at halftime.
On the season, Michigan State basketball is averaging 71.7 points, 36.7 rebounds and 17.0 assists per.
The Spartans closed the half on a 6-0 run, putting a dent into the Jayhawks’ comfy 11-point margin.
Little of it was used in what chatter was exchanged on the floor Sunday when he opposed several friends on the team he grew up cheering in his Detroit home. Will that lead to a letdown, or is it the start of another run? It was a fast-paced game.
Purdue and Kansas last met in the NCAA Tournament in 2012, a 63-60 Jayhawk win in Omaha.
“I complain all the time about (teams) being soft, but I think historically we’ve had pretty tough teams (when) you compare it to everybody else”, he said. I thought we tried too hard at times. Lucky for the them, they are coming off one of their best performances of the year. The key: The play of the fabulous freshmen led by Miles Bridges. After the slam, he apparently barked at a Spartan player was called for a technical.
Kansas forward Dwight Coleby made one of two free throws after Ward’s fourth foul. We extended our lead by step-back threes, and-ones.
Izzo says that’s exactly what he should do. But I had to fight through for my team. He put the exclamation point on his strong second half with a drive down the middle of the lane and powerful one-handed dunk with 2:05 remaining. He held his side in pain and left the game and went into the locker room before returning shortly after. He had scored 13 points in 16 minutes to that point.