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Game Notes: Michigan State 78, Miami 58

Here are some game notes from Miami's opening round loss to Michigan State.

General Notes

• Michigan State advances to face Kansas on Sunday. Game time is TBA.

• Sunday’s matchup features the sixth and seventh-winningest teams in NCAA Tournament history. Kansas is 101-44 (.697) for sixth in winning percentage, while Michigan State is seventh at 64-29 (.688). Michigan State leads the all-time series 7-5 and the teams are 1-1 vs.each other in NCAA Tournament play. The last NCAA Tournament meeting was 2009, won by MSU, 67-62, in Indianapolis.

• Michigan State shot 56.6 percent (30-of- 53) from the field for the game, including 64 percent (16-of- 25) in the second half. It was the 10th time the Spartans shot 50% or better in a game this season and first since a 72-61 win at Nebraska, Feb. 2 (10 straight games).

• Miami scored the first 10 points of the game en route to a 17-5 lead. Michigan State then went on a 16-4 run to tie the game at 21-21. Miles Bridges scored seven points during the run. The Spartans closed the half making 9 of their last 11 field goal attempts and outscored Miami 17-6 over the final 5:42. Overall, MSU went on a 33-10 run after it trailed 17-5, making 12 of 21 field goal attempts (57.1%). Meanwhile, Miami missed seven of its last nine field goal attempts.

• Tonight’s attendance was 14,715, making Friday’s total for two sessions 28,286.

Michigan State Spartans

• Michigan State improves to 20-14 on the season, marking the 12th time in the last 13 years (and 18 times in 22 seasons) under Tom Izzo that the Spartans have won 20 games or more.

• In 31 all-time NCAA appearances, The Spartans have never lost their first game in back-to- back years (MSU lost to Middle Tennessee in the first round last season). Michigan State is now 24-7 all-time in its first game of the tournament.

• Tom Izzo is now 14-10 in the NCAA Tournament when Michigan State is the lower-seeded team. The 14 wins are the most all-time in NCAA Tournament history.

• Since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, Michigan State has advanced to the round of 32 a total of 20 times. MSU has a 15-4 record in round of 32 games since 1985, including 13-1 under Tom Izzo.

• Today’s win ended a seven-game losing streak for Michigan State on St. Patrick’s Day. The Spartans only win on March 17 came in the 1990 NCAA Tournament vs. UC Santa Barbara (62-58).

• Michigan State had 12 turnovers and is now 17-8 when committing 15 or fewer turnovers and 3-6 when committing more. MSU is 8-1 when having fewer turnovers than its opponent, and 11-2 when it has an advantage in points off turnovers. The Spartans had five turnovers in the opening 6:42 tonight before turning ball over just seven times the rest of the game.

• Nick Ward scored 19 points to reach double figures for the 24th time in 28 games. The Spartans are 17-8 this season when he scores 10 or more points.

• Joshua Langford scored in double-figures for the seventh this season, finishing with 13 (10 in the second half). MSU is 7-0 when he reaches double-figures. In his last 10 games, Langford is averaging 9.4 points per game.

• Miles Bridges narrowly missed a double-double, scoring 18 points and grabbing nine rebounds.

Miami Hurricanes

• Miami, suffering its second straight loss, finishing with a 21-12 record. The Hurricanes fall to 8-9 in NCAA Tournament games, suffering its second straight 20+-point loss after losing to eventual National Champion Villanova, 82-69 in the second round last year.

• Miami recorded season-lows in rebounds (23) and blocked shots (one).

• Ja’Quan Newton led the Hurricanes with 16 points (nine in the first half), the ninth time he has led the team in scoring this season.

• Davon Reed (12 points) closed out his career ranked 16 th on Miami’s career scoring list with 1,343 points.


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