Dienhart: Michigan State shakes rust, shuts the door on Bucknell

Dienhart: Michigan State shakes rust, shuts the door on Bucknell

The No. 3-seeded Spartans are always risky in March, even if they showed a tendency to be streaky during the regular season.

"It's a team that, I look at them, they're as good or better than Middle Tennessee", Spartans coach Tom Izzo said. No. 8 Syracuse beat No. 7 Michigan State, 72-58, at Madison Square Garden behind 19 points from Scoop Jardine, while Rick Jackson and Kris Joseph chipped in 17 and 14 points, respectively.

MI 61, Montana 47: The third-seeded Wolverines absorbed a big opening salvo from the Grizzlies, then turned to Charles Matthews to lead them back.

Michigan State plays its opening-round game tonight at Little Caesar's Arena in Detroit.

Anyone who is a Bucknell fan should feel proud of what their team did. (11.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.15 blocks) was named the Big Ten's Freshman of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year.

In the First Round, the Orange topped the No. 6 TCU Horned Frogs, 57-52.

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Michigan State leads 44-40 at halftime, but that's not a huge margin considering the Spartans shot 59 percent from the field.

So I was wrong on that account, but before the game there was one thing of which I was sure - Bucknell wasn't getting blown out. It's just fun to just eat and watch the sunset and spend time around there with your kids. "As we keep saying to him all year long, just be more aggressive". The game highlights the fact that the teams don't regularly meet in the regular season. They crushed Colgate 83-54 in the title game March 7.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Jarron Cumberland set career highs of 27 points and 11 rebounds as Cincinnati recovered after blowing a 10-point lead in the second half.

"You definitely think about it", senior forward Zach Thomas said. Stephen Brown finished with 20 points as well for Bucknell however nine of which came in garbage time. He finished with 16 points, scoring 13 in the second half as the Tigers tried to rally. Guard Joshua Langford put up 22 points for MSU including seven field goals, one 3-pointer and four rebounds. "Nick is probably one of the toughest guys on our team". Experience and veteran leadership often leads to March success, and Nathan Davis' team has that in droves. "That's got to change if we're going to be moving on". The Knicks have assembled a collection of intriguing point guards in Frank Ntilikina and Emmanuel Mudiay, two global youngsters who could develop into serviceable floor generals.

Auburn, playing under the cloud of a federal investigation into corruption in college basketball, overcame a frightful shooting performance to win in its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2003.