Michigan State Basketball: 3 things we learned from win over Miami


- Michigan State received an NCAA Tournament berth forth the 20th consecutive season. During the game Friday, a graphic showed that Phil Forte led the nation in free-throw percentage at about 96 percent.

A pair of clutch D.J.

Michigan State continued to roll in the second half, to shooting 16/25 (64%). Game time is yet to be determined. Miami got five early steals and scored eight quick points off turnovers.

Ja'Quan Newton scored 16 points to lead Miami (21-12).

The Spartans poured it on to open the second half, with Langford scoring nine of their first 11 points.

Derrick Walton Jr. did not want his career at MI to come to an end.

One of the featured games tonight in the NCAA Tournament has No. 8 Miami taking on No. 9 Michigan State at 9:20PM ET. But then Derrick Walton got Mitchell Solomon to jump on a pump-fake, and Solomon fouled the MI point guard behind the 3-point line with 4.3 seconds left.

When Michigan needed a play, he delivered. MI answered loudly, asserting its long-range prowess for one of the great storylines of the tournament. MSU's lead swelled to 17 just 5 minutes into the half and grew to as many as 23. Sunday's Second Round matchup with MI, a rematch of the 2013 national title game, could be one of the best games of the weekend, and to win it Rick Pitino's squad will need to play better.

"Our goal as a team was to make them have the best senior campaign they could have".

Following a clutch mid-range jumper from Zak Irvin, OSU's Evans went to the free throw line with U-M holding an 84-79 lead with 1:31 left. The late-game three ball cut the winning margin for the Wolverines from four to one. Jackson finished 8 of 13 from the field and 5 of 8 from 3-point range with seven rebounds.

11 The Wolverines won this game on the back of their 11 second-half 3-pointers, which came on just 15 attempts. Lastly, Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman contributed 16 points (6-11 FG, 3-6 3-point) and four assists. "In the second half, I settled down".

GREENVILLE, S.C. - Arkansas did just enough in the final minute to push its way through the NCAA Tournament's first round - aided by a couple of eye-catching calls and noncalls by the officiating crew, too.

MI forward previews the upcoming second round game against Louisville.

Louisville defeated Jacksonville State 78-63 on Friday behind Mangok Mathiang's 18 points while Deng Adel added 16.

OSU was ideal in 10 trips to the charity stripe in the opening half, but U-M held a distinct advantage in turnovers, committing just two while forcing eight as the Wolverines converted the miscues into 10 points. MI comes into this game on a hot shooting streak after winning the Big Ten Tournament and putting up 92 in the first round victory against Oklahoma State, so it will be interesting to see if the Cardinals can cool off the Wolverines.