Syracuse will play Duke next Friday in the Sweet Sixteen at the CenturyLink Center Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska. The junior for the Spartans pulled off this circus shot just before halftime in MSU's second-round game against Syracuse on Sunday.
Do you remember the last time Syracuse played against a 3-seed in the NCAA Tournament?
The Orange (23-13) forced the Spartans (30-5) to settle for 3-pointers all afternoon and it worked brilliantly for Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim against Hall of Fame coach Tom Izzo.
Michigan State has survived and advanced to the round of 32 for the second straight season, but the Spartans aren't pleased with just making the second round.
Syracuse leads the all-time series against Michigan State 10-7, and has won the last four games between the programs. Michigan State simply has too much talent and moves on. With 7.8 seconds on the clock, Syracuse led 52-49. "I've seen countless situations where I've been around him where he always does the right thing, 100 percent of the time".
Syracuse's Paschal Chukwu was then fouled and made the first of two free throws and Winston's desperation shot was late and bounced off the backboard anyway.More news: Pellegrino: Southampton sack manager amid dismal run
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Syracuse took the lead for the first time in the second half with 4:22 left. And they continued to miss shots - including their last 14 shots from the field.
Bridges' college career likely is ending with a performance he would like to forget.
Michigan State has a lot of talent, but covering hasn't been something that the Spartans have done consistently. The sophomore star, who turned down a chance to go pro previous year, was held scoreless for much of the first half and finished with 11 points on 4 of 18 shooting, making just 3 of 12 shots. Syracuse will play seven players deep, at most, and a third game in five days may end up catching up to it.
All five Spartans starters scored at least 10 points, including Morris Peterson, who led all scorers with 21 points. Syracuse's zone defense may not allow for much inside but it will be important for Michigan State to establish a presence there. Offensively, Michigan State has been led by Miles Bridges (17.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.8 apg), Cassius Winston (12.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 6.9 apg), Nick Ward (12.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.4 bpg), and Jaren Jackson Jr. On the season, Michigan State is averaging 81.0 ppg on 50.5% shooting from the field.
"I didn't break this year and I'm not going to break", he said, surrounded by a slew of reporters after his news conference. Matt McQuaid was quickly fouled after the ball was inbounded and made both free throws. He scored 20 of his Bucknell NCAA Tournament-record 27 points in the first 20 minutes and largely kept the Bison in the game.