Michigan State hopes to avoid another early NCAA exit


No. 7 MI 92, No. 10 Oklahoma State 91: In a high-scoring matchup, the Wolverines hung on for the win, led by Derrick Walton Jr.'s 26 points and 11 assists. And in a contest where the Wolverines made the fourth-most 3-pointers ever in an NCAA Tournament game, OSU still only lost by a point. Ja'Quan Newton led Miami with 16 points on 5-of-12 shooting.

Derrick Walton Jr. scored 26 points for MI and added 11 assists. Since then, MI (24-11) has lost only twice in 12 games, and the Wolverines were starting to look capable of playing deep into the postseason even before they won the Big Ten tourney.

MI sealed it at the free-throw line.

Miles Bridges: Has scored at least 14 points in each of his last 13 games and is averaging 18 points, 8 rebounds and 38% 3-pt shooting in that stretch. Five different Cowboys hit double figures.

Sparty started the year at #12 in the country but lost their first two games.

Oklahoma State goes much deeper on its bench, with five reserves who play more than 12 minutes per game. Zak Irvin added another four, as well as 16 total points.

A turnover led to Alec Marsh sending a cross-ice pass to Goodwin for the final tally of the first, in the period's final minute, with the senior captain finding a gap under Nagelvoort's arm.

Michigan: The Wolverines certainly have momentum.

From Michigan's plane skidding off the runway before the Big Ten Tournament to winning four games in four days, nothing has been easy or routine. No. 9 seed line in the NCAA Tournament.

And, of course, Walton's team won.

For Jackson, the opportunity to play Michigan State goes well beyond facing a childhood favorite. The Wolverines haven't played the Cardinals since the 1997 NIT. They will face No. 7 seed SC on Sunday.

While he stayed stuck at 10 points and finished the game 3 for 10 from the field, he still showed flashes of what made him a Class 5A state champion in Kansas and a Topeka Capital-Journal All-State pick in 2013-14. The Trojans have become yet another team to make it from Dayton into the Second Round.

Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Ind.

MI head coach John Beilein isn't usually in a laughing mood. It will be broadcast nationally on the Big Ten Network at 8 p.m on Thursday, and will be the only action in college hockey on Thursday night at that time.

Louisville faces seventh-seeded MI on Sunday for a ticket to the Sweet 16. Their all time tournament record stands at 52-25 (45-21 after sanctions). His counterpart, Michigan's Derrick Walton Jr., bested him with 26.

MI didn't clinch the victory until D.J. Wilson sank a pair of free throws with four seconds to go to give the Wolverines a four-point lead. Both teams scored 51 second half points.

Cowboys coach Brad Underwood said he and Evans will sit down and discuss the future. The Cowboys won 10 of 11 games from January 21 through February 25.

This will be Michigan's 27th appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Scoring: Team (85.5); Jawun Evans 19.0; Jeffrey Carroll 17.4; Phil Forte III 13.3.