Michigan State has won 20 or more games in 12 of the last 13 seasons, and it continues a streak of having never lost its opening-round NCAA Tournament game in back-to-back years.
No. 9 Michigan State (19-14) plays the University of Miami (21-11), the Midwest Region's No. 8 seed, at 9:20 p.m., also in Indianapolis.
"I told my guys, all I want to do is work another night and get a chance to go against one of the top teams", Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said.
Wesley Iwundu led Kansas State with 19 points.
The Spartans proceeded to make 56.6 percent of their shots from the floor against a Miami defense that held North Carolina to 35 percent in a regular-season win over the Tar Heels and Duke to 31.8 percent in a victory against the Blue Devils. Ja'Quan Newton led the way for Coach Jim Larranaga's charges with 16 points. It lived up to the hype as MI, seeded seventh in the Midwest region, poured home a tournament-record 16 three-pointers (16-29, .552) with a total of 16 lead changes and 12 ties throughout a frenetic 40 minutes of play.
This time, the Spartans flipped the script.
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Miami is the slim favorite in this game, as the Hurricanes are getting odds of -2 points against the Spartans.
The Wolverines fired in 16 3-pointers, 11 in a scorching second half, pulling away for a 92-91 win at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Michigan State advances to play No. 1 seed Kansas on Sunday at the BOK Center. MSU finished fifth in the Big Ten but still managed to go 17-15 against the spread this season.
"Then again, we played three teams during the year that were ranked No. 1 at one time". Calvin Thompson scored half of the Jayhawks' 16 overtime points to knock the Spartans out of the tournament.
Michigan State has had a very up-and-down season.
But now he faces a Michigan State team in the first round that is making its 20th consecutive trip to the "Big Dance".
Miami led 17-5 before Michigan State put together a 28-6 run, holding the Hurricanes to three field goals during a 12-minute span.
The Nittany Lions extended the lead as freshman Denis Smirnov skated through the right slot and fed a backhand pass across ice to find classmate Nate Sucese for the backdoor tap-in at 13:24 for the 2-0 lead.
"We don't play every year, but we probably average playing about every other year since I've been gone", Self said Saturday. 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.
How to watch No. 9 Michigan State vs. While that might last for a half, Kansas is too explosive to be shut down for 40 minutes.
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