The Jayhawks can run and put up points in a hurry, but also play a stout defense that will bury a Spartans team that can struggle to score.
The win came a year after the Spartans suffered a shocking first-round NCAA Tournament loss as a No. 2 seed, and after they trailed 17-5 early in the game. Game time is yet to be determined.
Both teams enter tonight having dropped three of their last four games. "We shot 55 percent in the NCAA Tournament and just lost in the first round, outrebounded an opponent 40-21 and you lose".
Derrick Walton Jr. did not want his career at MI to come to an end.
The Wolverines Derrick Walton Jr. was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Big Ten tournament after averaging over 20 points and six assists per game in Michigan's four wins.
MI shook off a frustrating first half, marred by foul trouble and adjustments to OSU's fast-paced style of play, to hold a 41-40 lead at the break. MI answered loudly, asserting its long-range prowess for one of the great storylines of the tournament.
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Whether that consistency and KU's experience plays to the Jayhawks' advantage in this match-up will depend on a lot of factors, from the pace and style of play to how the game is called and which team catches the most breaks.
"I was anxious about whether these freshmen would handle the big stage, even though they've been on one, but it's still the NCAA Tournament, and the difference now is it's one-and-done time", Izzo said. The star guard missed a critical front end of a 1-and-1, and Walton made it hurt with a conversion in the lane for an 86-79 lead. Defensively, Miami basketball is yielding 63.7 points per game against the opposing teams.
The 6-foot-3 junior also came through with a pair of free throws with 18.3 seconds left following a whistle in which officials reviewed Desi Rodriguez's foul to stop the clock and changed it to a flagrant foul. Two talented freshmen, Nick Ward (19 points, 8-9 field goals) and Miles Bridges (18 points, 8-12 field goals) played to their full potential. Sophomore McQuaid hit a big early three-pointer, adding five rebounds, three assists and taking a couple critical charging fouls with a strong defensive game. There were only four combined turnovers in the second half. MI committed just four turnovers all day, continuing its nation-low turnover ratio.
No. 1 Kansas is 24-6 in its last 30 games against members of the Big Ten.
March Madness 2017 continues on Friday, March 17, as Miami meets Michigan State in a Midwest Regional game at BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Eron Harris averaged 10.4 points per game but is out for the season with a knee injury.
SWEET HURRICANE: Miami has reached the NCAA Tournament twice previously in its first six seasons under coach Jim Larranaga, both times reaching the Sweet 16. This is the third time this season MSU and Kansas have been at the same neutral site and the first time they've met.