Michigan Wolverines vs. Louisville Cardinals NCAA Tournament Second Round Preview and Prediction

Over at BOK Center in second-round NCAA college basketball tournament action on Sunday, the Michigan State Spartans will be taking on the Kansas Jayhawks.

"You want to talk about maybe that one little extra step we needed, I know it was for me".

"Miles Bridges and Nick Ward basically made every shot they took, " Miami coach Jim Larranaga said.

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. "We've been through a lot this year, so when we saw we were down 10 or 12, we weren't fazed". "When we feed off of each other, we're hard to beat".

Ja'Quan Newton led UM with 16 points, Davon Reed had 12, and Bruce Brown added 11. The Hurricanes were just giving Michigan State more than it could handle and it was only a matter of time before the Spartans waved the white flag.

2 With only two first-half turnovers, MI was able to overcome a first-half shooting disparity (48.3 percent for OSU, 41.9 for UM) and a rebounding disadvantage (22-12 OSU).

The biggest test of their momentum will come when they play the victor of No. 15 Jacksonville State and No. 2 Louisville.

Izzo pointed to the Spartans' rigorous schedule this season benefiting them now. Picked by few to make the Sweet 16, Andy Enfield's team looks like one of the best clutch teams in the country right now. "They played a great game as well, but we will be back next year and do it again".

USC 66, SMU 65 - Elijah Stewart hit a late 3-pointer for No. 11 seed Southern California as the Trojans upset sixth seeded SMU 66-65 Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Both Michigan and Oklahoma State entered Friday's showdown having played better than their seeds recently while also owning offense-leaning rosters, ranking in the top five of KenPom's adjusted offensive efficiency (Oklahoma State was No. 1).

Michigan State fell behind by a touchdown and field goal before scoring, and the NCAA Tournament first-round game against Miami had the makings of a blowout. Kuran Iverson scored 17 points and Hassan Martin had 12 points and eight rebounds in the Rams' first NCAA tourney win in 19 years. The Spartans led by as many as 22 as they cruised to a 78-58 win. Sophomore shooting guard Matt McQuaid scored seven points and he assisted on Ellis' layup that gave the Spartans their biggest margin, 64-41, with 8:51 remaining.

Seventh-seeded MI needed every point it could muster in a game that ended with a parade to the free-throw line, a buzzer-beating 3-pointer and a foe that refused to go away.

"Once the momentum shifted from our side, I thought we played very well the first 10 minutes, to their side, they basically totally controlled the last 10 minutes of the half", Larranaga said. The Trojans trailed Providence by 17 in the second half of their First Four game on Wednesday night before winning 75-71.

Miami's defense which had been elite all season, faltered against Michigan State. These two last met in 2012 with Miami getting a 67-59 win.

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