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Louisville head coach Rick Pitino yells to his

Xavier stand in front of the bench during the final seconds against Florida State in a second-round NCAA men's college basketball tournament game Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Orlando, Fla.

Michigan State is always unsafe in March with Tom Izzo and the team has the raw talent to make something happen, but the Spartans have been too inconsistent this season, especially away from East Lansing.

Michigan State's rankings in the Kenpom ranking system are 57th in adjusted offensive efficiency and are 32nd in adjusted defensive efficiency.

And standing in the way are the Cards, who will have to play considerably better than they did against an outmanned and much smaller Jax State outfit that was a 20-point underdog but managed to stay within striking distance most of the way. They've won only one NCAA game since 2006 and will have to wait at least another year to improve on that.

Miami (21-12) accounted for the game's first 10 points and before the Spartans could respond, the advantage stretched to 17-5 on a dunk from Bruce Brown.

He kept running the Michigan Wolverines offense against an aggressive Oklahoma State defense and eventually things fell into place, again. It looks like their best bet to score enough to win is to shoot a bunch of threes and hope.

MI was the automatic qualifier from the Big Ten and they seem to be a major contender for the championship.

No. 11 USC upsets No. 6 SMU, 66-65 - Elijah Stewart drained a corner 3-pointer with under a minute left on the clock to give the Trojans a one-point lead.

"You look at that potential matchup if you advance past the first game of Miami and Michigan State and you say, 'Didn't Miami beat Duke?'" Self said.

"It's Michigan State. No matter how their season is, there's a great tradition there", KU senior guard Frank Mason said Saturday.

Brad Underwood is leaving Oklahoma State after one year as the Cowboys head coach to take the same job at IL.

"He's shooting like 50 percent (.484) from three". But you know, obviously Scott Skiles and company. "I don't think we're afraid of anybody, because we've already played some of those teams".

Winston has the 2nd best assist rate in America, although unlike Big 12 assist mavens Jawun Evans and Monte Morris, he has a bit higher turnover rate to go with it. The Huskies have been a dominant force both in the tournament and regular season as they went undefeated this year and are a consensus pick to appear in their fifth consecutive national championship game.

Josh Jackson - Jackson is playing a couple guys he grew up with, and of course is a MI native. With a player like him, you can't really stop him.

When Michigan needed a play, he delivered. Kansas meanwhile is at 24 percent, 327th.

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