Whether it was basketball or football, the Cowboys just seemed to have to work harder for things more than other teams.
The majority of Kansas points come from the three-headed monster of Graham (13.2 ppg), Mason III (20.8 ppg), and star freshmen Josh Jackson (16.4 ppg).
Almost a year ago to the day, the Spartans were upset by Middle Tennessee State University in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, and it started with a 17-2 run from the Blue Raiders.
This time, the Spartans flipped the script. When he scores, Michigan State seems to thrive because it's one extra player for the defense to keep an eye on - doubling Bridges or Ward is no longer worth it.
Izzo pointed to the Spartans' rigorous schedule this season benefiting them now. But they got a good team, veteran team. "They played a great game as well, but we will be back next year and do it again".
But rather than change the game plan, Walton followed the script, steadied his team and the shots started going. The Jayhawks blew out No. 16 UC-Davis in its first round matchup on Friday, and are a favorite by many to reach the Final Four.
"Disappointing to lose, certainly, but even more disappointing that we didn't play the kind of defense that we've been playing for most of the season", Hurricanes coach Jim Larranaga said. That experience wasn't enough to slow the Spartans once they took control midway through the first half, with Miami being outrebounded 36-23 and allowing 17 second-chance points by Michigan State. Davon Reed added 12 points and Bruce Brown 11 for the Hurricanes, who shot just 40.4 percent (21 of 52) and struggled to slow Michigan State's tandem of Ward and Bridges.
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Grayson Allen had 21 points off five 3-pointers, Jayson Tatum had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and second-seeded Duke continued its flawless postseason with an 87-65 victory over Troy in the NCAA Tournament on Friday night to start the East Region.
The lead expanded to 11 at halftime and grew to as many 23 in the second half as the Spartans never cooled off. The Wolverines move the ball with balletic grace around the perimeter, cut with élan and use that movement to create open three-point looks. I felt like I'm going to regret some of that when I saw the second half (of its game) on TV. The Trojans trailed Providence by 17 in the second half of their First Four game on Wednesday night before winning 75-71.
But once Michigan State grabbed that momentum, there was little Miami could do. The losses were all to NCAA Tournament teams.
Miami has lost three of its last four entering the tournament to fall to 21-11 on the season.
Southern California and Rhode Island have become the second and third No. 11 seeds to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Although the stakes won't be as high when the two teams meet on Sunday, it is for a spot in the Sweet 16.