"When you're younger you just play fast because you feel like if you don't go at a fast pace the opportunity dwindles", Walton said. "And the thing about it (is) he's a terrific coach". Despite winning the Big 12 yet again, Kansas does not blow teams out often.
The game closed with MI as a 2.5-point favorite over Oklahoma State, meaning that after Wilson's free throws, the Wolverines were covering. Play Michigan State defense to keep it close and who knows what could it happen.
In the past couple of days, we've used a bunch of words and thoughts, characters and quotes to set up today's second-round clash between top-seeded Kansas (29-4) and No. 9 seed Michigan State (20-14) at BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. "Everybody stormed the court". The Spartans built an early 15-4 lead in that game and never looked back. Michigan State is the inferior team in terms of talent, so focusing on the little things will be necessary to win. Jackson scored 17 points with seven rebounds in an easy first-round win over UC Davis, getting a number of his eight buckets above the rim. No. 2 Kentucky against No. 10 Wichita State is a rematch of the 2014 game where the Wildcats ruined the Shockers' 35-0 season. Clearly, Izzo landed on that list. His final field goal of the game appeared to seal the victory for MI, as he rolled in a 17-foot jumper that gave MI a 86-79 lead with 52.6 seconds remaining. Izzo, on the other hand, was a lot more generous in his assessment.
"Once we figured out their defense, we really attacked it the right way", Langford said.
Friday night, after his ninth-seeded Spartans knocked off Miami to advance to Sunday's second-round showdown with top-seeded Kansas, Izzo was asked about facing Kansas and referred, without hesitation, to Self as a friend. After winning four games in four days to claim the Big Ten Tournament title, MI might be the hottest team left in the tourney field. Both are wings playing at power forward.
As for a current member of the KU team, freshman Mitch Lightfoot recalled watching that game as a KU fan. His answer? "Michigan State 78 to 70".
This game was nearly a mirror image of its predecessor, just with a few different faces. He made five 3-pointers in a row, finishing 6 of 9 behind the arc, and totaled 26 points and 11 assists.
Walton became the first player to score at least 25 points, log at least 10 assists and five rebounds in an NCAA Tournament game since Dwyane Wade did so in 2003. Ward capped it with a layup that gave the Spartans a 33-23 lead with 1:58 to go before the break.
"That was my first time seeing Michigan State in person". "... We just couldn't stop them".
At the time, Self saw it a similar way. "Might as well do it one more time". They pushed it out to a 59-54 lead with 14:02 left. KU led by three with 32 seconds left.
Penn State opened the scoring with a power-play tally as freshman Brandon Biro skated behind the MI net and fed classmate Liam Folkes on the left side of the crease for the 1-0 lead at 10:50.
Traylor knocked down the free throws and was sure to let his coach know how he felt after the contest.
"It shocks me", Self said.