Derrick Walton Jr. wins point guard duel as Michigan's ride continues

The University of Wisconsin's women's basketball had a sub-.500 year for the sixth straight season, which means they will not be dancing in the NCAA Tournament nor the NIT Tournament.

Michigan State prediction and game preview, as the No. 1 Jayhawks and No. 9 Spartans face off in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Tom Izzo was there at Kemper Arena that night in 1986.

Michigan State leads Kansas 7-5 in the series that dates back to 1960.

The only issue is Miles Bridges. But it sure looked like one of those late-season Spartans teams we're all familiar with on Friday. "And Coach B said it perfectly, they pressured us and took us out of sets".

Combined, the Hurricanes' Davon Reed, Ja'Quan Newton and Bruce Brown average about 40 points per game and nine assists.

This time, the Spartans flipped the script. Against UC Davis, Mason led his team in scoring with 22 points and almost got a double-double.

After Jawun Evans missed the front end of a one-and-one with the Cowboys trailing 84-79 with 1:31 to play, Walton, the MI point guard, took advantage. "When you're younger you just play fast because you feel like if you don't go at a fast pace the opportunity dwindles", Walton said. "We can use that again".

Cowboys finish the season 20-13, and on a four-game losing streak and have not won a NCAA Tournament games since beating Tennessee in 2009. Calvin Thompson scored half of the Jayhawks' 16 overtime points to knock the Spartans out of the tournament.

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

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They'll be gearing up to play the Miami Hurricanes of the ACC. Jawun Evans led Oklahoma State (20-13) with 23 points.

Against Miami, Michigan State fell behind by as many as 12 points in the first half before turning things around and building a comfortable 38-27 lead at halftime.

Of most concern to Pitino was the Gamecocks' ability to burn UofL's defense from deep, hitting 10-of-19 three-pointers, because the Cards will face a much tougher challenge in that department from MI.

Baylor took control for good with a 14-3 run early in the second half to take a 58-47 lead.

"I was anxious about whether these freshmen would handle the big stage, even though they've been on one, but it's still the NCAA Tournament, and the difference now is it's one-and-done time", Izzo said.

Guard Alvin Ellis III finished the first half by hitting a jumper, getting fouled and completing the three-point play at the free-throw line. It is also worth noting Michigan State has a habit of sending teams to the free throw line, although it is mostly their bench guys who commit the fouls.

Jackson had an alley-oop dunk and a spectacular drive to the basket for a layup that ignited Kansas midway through the first half against UC Davis.

MI kept firing 3s.

- Miami defeated Michigan State in the only other meeting between the Hurricanes and Spartans.