Spartans Prepare For Terps And Round Two

Trash-talking Jahmar Young did Michigan State a huge favor, waking up junior guard Kalin Lucas who was having an up-and-down junior season until willing MSU to a 67-60 win over New Mexico State with a gritty 25 point performance.

After disposing of trash-talking New Mexico State in a good and competitive game on Friday, Michigan State can stamp their ticket to the Sweet Sixteen when they face the Maryland Terrapins on Sunday (2:30 EST).

While the Spartans had a dogfight with New Mexico State, Maryland had an easy go of it in their 89-77 win over #13 seed Houston.

Maryland was led by 6-foot-10 freshman Jordan williams who scored 21 points and grabbed 17 rebounds. Williams is the centerpiece of a big Terrapin front line filled out by 6-foot-7 senior Landon Milbourne and senior Greivis Vasquez, a 6-foot-6 swingman from Caracas, Venezuela the ACC Player of the Year.

Vasquez will require a team effort on the part of Michigan State to handle. A true NBA prospect, Vasquez is averaging 22.9 ppg in the Terps last nine contest, a span that they've gone 8-1.

Look for junior guard Chris Allen to get the first crack at trying to slow down the hot shooting star on the perimeter. Allen strained the arch in his foot in the win over NMSU, but says he'll go against the Terps on Sunday

Meanwhile, MSU will likely juggle the lineup to get 6-foot-8 forward Delvon Roe into the lineup in an effort to keep the outstanding freshman Williams from dominating. Worrisome to the Spartans was Williams 17 rebounds who hang their hat on dominating the interior glass.

With his performance against Houston, Williams entered an illustrious group of Maryland players who have accomplished the feat of 250 points and 250 rebounds in their first season. Only NBA'ers Joe Smith and Buck Williams have previously accomplished the feat.

For Michigan State, they will need solid offensive performances from Kalin Lucas, who turned his ankle in the win over New Mexico State. "I sort of just tweaked it a little bit but I'm fine," said Lucas. "I'm good. My ankle is all right."

Lucas heroic 25-point performance virtually willed MSU to the win. They'll need another solid performance from Lucas, Morgan and Green to get back to the Sweet Sixteen.

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