The Jayhawks came away with a 90-70 win to move on to the Sweet 16. Lucas will lead Kansas in rebounds once again, and Mason will warm up from three.
Kansas tied the game with a free throw from Frank Mason III and took the lead with a three from Lagerald Vick to make it 12-9. The Jayhawks are averaging 83.2 points on offense while allowing 72.1 on defense. “I’m not gonna coach him that much longer and the only games we have left are competitive games so hopefully he’ll stay on a roll”.
“He’s not gentle with anybody”, Ellis said of the times he’s been scolded by Izzo, and counting.
MSU’s only score in that span was a layup from Ward and after that, the Spartans went scoreless for over two minutes. KU grabbed a 13-point lead at 4:41 on a three by Graham to make it 80-67. Nonetheless, MSU will see Langford transform into a go-to scorer who averages almost 15 points per game.
Self praised the way his team fought in a game that he noted was much closer than the 20-point gap would seem to indicate. MSU is now 20-14 overall and 16-17 against the spread. Bridges lived up to his billing as a top recruit and then some, averaging 16.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game.
– Nick Ward was relatively ineffective in the first half with just four points, but the MSU freshman big man was critical for the Spartans in their second-half push Sunday. Graham hit three late 3-pointers from almost the identical spot across from the Kansas bench, but would not have made at least two of them without flawless passes from Mason. Will that lead to a letdown, or is it the start of another run? Les and senior Darius Graham provided one of the more emotional moments of the game, however, when the two embraced for almost a minute after Graham exited the game with 1:45 remaining.
Kansas re-extended its lead to seven after back-to-back and-one plays by Jackson. “I’ve got to finish out strong, go out with no regrets and play the best basketball I’ve ever played when my number’s called”.
Dorsey missed two free throws with 3:36 left but made up for it. He finished with 14 points, and the 7-foot-2 junior center is just another interior presence for a Boilermakers squad that also needs sound play from guards Carsen Edwards and Dakota Mathias. But he added seven rebounds, six assists and, most importantly, zero turnovers. We know he’s trying to better us, better the team and put us in a position where we can win games or be successful in our own lives.
The Jayhawks knew that MSU was going to be a tough out and through the first 10 minutes of the first half MSU was able to hold their ground and doing so without Miles Bridges. MSU hit 43.9 percent of its shots (8 of 23 threes).
Rhode Island almost scrapped and hustled its way into the next round, with Stanford Robinson matching his career high of 21 points as the Rams (25-10) had their nine-game winning streak snapped to end the season.
Michigan State had arguably one of the best performances of the first round when it defeated Miami 78-58 on Friday.