Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Michigan Basketball vs Oklahoma State: How to Watch, Storylines and More

Spencer Simpson | 19 March, 2017, 00:32

In a tenor familiar to Big 12 football fans, MI just ended up outscoring the Cowboys. If I'm slacking off any day, they jump on me.

And so, the Spartans have survived to advance to the Round of 32 for the 13th time in Izzo's 20 tournament appearances. Irvin had another pivotal game with 16 points (6-11 FG, 4-6 3-point) and three assists while playing all 40 minutes.

DID YOU KNOW: Michigan State's opening-round win over Miami improved the school to 14-10 in the NCAA Tournament as a lower seed under coach Tom Izzo.

The Wolverines will certainly have their work cut out for them against the Cardinals. Dillon Brooks and Payton Pritchard scored 16 points apiece for the Ducks, who shot 64 percent and led by as many as 27. He was bested by MI star Derrick Walton Jr.

Evans has until May 24 to decide whether or not he'll declare for the NBA Draft. The team makes too many mistakes and looks lost too often on the road.

Evans may face a hard decision. They weren't, and Michigan's the team moving on. Any other draw in the NCAA Tournament and OSU might have been a Sweet 16 squad. Despite winning the Big 12 yet again, Kansas does not blow teams out often. Cincinnati continued its reputation as a defensive threat by holding Kansas State to 38.9 percent shooting from the field. If Dejan Vasiljevic and Anthony Lawrence Jr. can get some threes to fall and Bruce Brown can play to his potential, I expect the Canes to win this by double-digits.

Kansas has appeared in the tournament 45 times, and the Jayhawks have advanced to 14 Final Fours. On the Cowboys' warm-up sleeves Friday, the moniker "Everyday guys" stood out.

A year ago, with mostly the same roster - sans Forte due to an elbow injury - OSU was awful. I expect both Bridges and Jackson to have good games. There were some dark days. It amazed me that the same team that had won 12 games a year before was fighting toe to toe with MI. No Hurricane had more than three rebounds. A lot of people made great plays out of it. A sixth swish, from Walton, gave U-M a 62-61 lead with 12 minutes to play and provided a clear indication of what was in store for the remainder of the game.

"The thing that stinks the most is not playing alongside Phil or Leyton anymore", Carroll said.

Dillard is the epitome of Underwood's impact on the team. "I can't think of anybody who didn't play well". All of those players except Forte and possibly Evans will be back next year.

Before Friday, draftexpress.com projected Evans as an early second round pick, going at No. 34, meaning there are no guarantees of a roster spot and no guaranteed money.

This was only year one. On the season, MSU has averaged 71.7 points per game on offense while allowing 68.4 on defense. Next year, he will be able to fully implement his system and maybe some of those open 3s the Wolverines and Cyclones got won't be there.

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