#9 Michigan State overcame a 12-point first half deficit to beat #8 Miami (FL) 78-58 in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
After trailing 10-0 at the 16:36 mark of the first half (a span in which MSU had already committed three turnovers, two fouls and missed two shots), the Spartans finished the half on a 38-17 run to lead 38-27 at halftime.
Out of the break, Michigan State (19-14) kept control the rest of the way, leading by as many as 23 points, and never by less than 13.
As usual, it was the freshmen leading the way for the Spartans – Nick Ward had 19 points (8-9 from the field), Miles Bridges had 18 points, including a couple of dunks that were felt all the way back in East Lansing, and Josh Langford had 13 points.
The Hurricanes, which finish the year at 21-12, were paced by the same three guards that led them offensively all season long - 16 points from junior Ja’Quan Newton, 12 points from senior Davon Reed in his final collegiate game, and 11 points from freshman Bruce Brown.
With the victory tonight, Tom Izzo won his 14th game against a higher-seeded opponent in the NCAA Tournament, the most in NCAA history.
Michigan State is now set up for a matchup with the top-seed in the Midwest Region, #1 Kansas, in the Round of 32 on Sunday night.
The Jayhawks put up triple digits and easily took care of #16 UC Davis Friday night, 100-62. After being tied 21-21, Kansas finished the first half on a 29-7 run and never looked back. They were led by Big 12 Player of the Year, Frank Mason III, who had 22 points, eight assists and five rebounds. The 38-point victory was the third-largest win in the 145-game NCAA Tournament history of the Kansas Jayhawks.
The time and TV network of the Michigan State/Kansas game on Sunday has yet to be announced.