Michigan State had to have seen Missouri and Duke — both No. 2 seeds — fall in their first games of the tournament. So much for Mizzou topping Michigan State for a Final Four berth.
The Spartans, however, had only a few moments of worry against LIU-Brooklyn. MSU was only up five points at halftime.
Despite the close margin at the break, MSU took out Long Island-Brooklyn 89-67 and advance to Sunday’s third-round game against Saint Louis, which beat Memphis on Friday 61-54.
So much for facing that “athletic”Memphis squad, eh?
In the Spartans’ win, Draymond Green went for a triple-double with 24 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. A modern-day Magic Johnson you say?
“It was funny, I was talking to Ervin this week … I said, ‘Draymond is here why don’t you talk to him.’ I am not sure what he said to him, but he may want to call him back.”
Added Izzo: “I was just pleased with Draymond, but he didn’t start good. When he settled down, he must have hit 10 out of his next 15 shots. I’m proud of Day-Day.
Derrick Nix was also amazing with 18 points while Adreian Payne went for 16. The Blackbirds (who said they were happy to draw the Spartans) were unable to stop the Spartans in the paint.
Also on Friday, Michigan lost to Ohio, while Purdue won. Sorry Michigan fans, but the Wolverines were the lone Big Ten team to lose in the NCAA Tournament so far.
- Michigan State 89, LIU-Brooklyn 67
- Ohio 65, Michigan 60
- Purdue 72, St. Mary’s 69
Saturday’s Big Ten games
- No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 7 Gonzaga, 2:45 p.m. ET
- No. 4 Wisconsin vs. No. 5 Vanderbilt, 6:10 p.m. ET
- No. 4 Indiana vs. No. 12 VCU, 7:10 p.m. ET