Cowboys fall to Wolverines in first round

Rachel Hardy
March 20, 2017

And after executing game after game against some of the top Big Ten teams en route to the conference tournament title, MI will face an Oklahoma State team that's similar in size and has only two players taller than 6-foot-8.

Wilson free throws gave MI a 92-88 lead with less than five seconds to play, and the Wolverines shrugged off a last-second three-pointer to advance to Sunday's (March 19) second round against the victor of second-seeded Louisville and 15th-seeded Jacksonville State.

One of the most prolific three-point shooting teams in the nation caught fire in the second half and when it came down to it, Oklahoma State was right there through the thick of things. "They out-toughed us in that game". The Spartans had only five more turnovers, with four of those coming in the final 6:15 as the Hurricanes tried to full-court-press their way out of a 22-point deficit, and Ward, no stranger to foul trouble throughout the season, didn't pick up his second until there was just over five minutes to play.

Michigan State does not have the firepower to hang with the Jayhawks, so the Spartans will need to keep it low scoring and a slow-paced game.

And so, the Spartans have survived to advance to the Round of 32 for the 13th time in Izzo's 20 tournament appearances.

And what Oklahoma State is going to give MI is not much time to think, similar to what the Wolverines experienced at UCLA in early December.

Michigan State followed its early stumble by outscoring Miami 33-10 to close out the half, and took a 38-27 halftime lead - one it only added to in the second half.

There are three Big Ten teams that will represent the conference in the NCAA Tournament this year: No. 3 seed Maryland, No. 5 seed Ohio State and No. 9 seed Michigan State.

The Spartans had a bad start in their first round matchup with Miami, committing seven turnovers in the first 10 minutes and falling behind as much as 12 points.

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"Shooting the ball from 3 is part of our package", Beilein said. "We can use that again". The NCAA Tournament will start Thursday and the NIT will start with one game Wednesday but most first round games are Thursday.

Louisville faces seventh-seeded MI on Sunday for a ticket to the Sweet 16.

Here's how to watch the Round of 32 matchup between No. 2 Louisville and No. 7 MI. Ja'Quan Newton led the way for Coach Jim Larranaga's charges with 16 points.

It was over when: At one point in the first half, Michigan State trailed by 12 points.

For the record, Michigan State and Kansas have met 12 times in total with the Spartans holding the all time total edge 7 wins to 5.

Evans' 3-pointer at the buzzer was meaningful only for those who bet with the point spread (Michigan was favored by 21/2). He did, however, give Oklahoma State betting-backers a victory. Irvin had another pivotal game with 16 points (6-11 FG, 4-6 3-point) and three assists while playing all 40 minutes. They shot 4-14 the reminder of the first half.

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

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So the Cowboys' season ends, ousted from the NCAA Tournament in the first round for the fifth straight time. The Spartans entered the tournament with a 46-18 record during that streak.

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