Dallas Mavericks 2017 NCAA Tournament Watch: Miles Bridges

Henrietta Brewer
March 19, 2017

The Jayhawks' four-guard lineup is athletic and aggressive.

Evans' 3-pointer at the buzzer was meaningful only for those who bet with the point spread (Michigan was favored by 21/2).

Having lived through the process since the season opener against Arizona in Hawaii, Miles Bridges, the freshman dynamo, doesn't think the Spartans are as different as night and day. The Jayhawks feature the 16th ranked offense and average 82.7 points, 38.8 rebounds and 16.3 assists per game.

MSU's game against Kansas will take place on Sunday at 5:15 p.m. EST and televised on CBS Sports.

MI and Louisville will square off for the second time in NCAA Tournament history, and the last time around was a doozie.

SACRAMENTO, California- With star big man Chris Boucher cheering in a bulky knee brace from the sidelines, Tyler Dorsey scored 24 points to lead four players in double figures, and No. 3 seed OR beat 14th-seeded Iona 93-77 in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament's Midwest Region. The Sophomore scored 23 points on 10-of-26 shooting.

Kansas versus Michigan State could've been a predictable Final Four matchup in past seasons.

Kuran Iverson scored 17 points and Hassan Martin had 12 points and eight rebounds as 11th-seeded Rhode Island (25-9) earned its ninth straight victory. Bridges did normal Bridges things, finishing with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Spartans freshman Bridges is the lottery pick-in-waiting, but Brown put on a show in the opening minutes with a couple of steals, a three-pointer and a one-handed dunk that launched the UM fans in attendance out of their seats. Sophomore forward Kenny Goins had six points in 12 minutes.

The Hurricanes (21-11) are the No. 8 seed in the NCAA tournament's Midwest Regional, while the Spartans (19-14) are No. 9. Following the early train wreck, something clicked inside the Spartans.

"They know at Michigan State this is a special time of year", says Izzo.

Izzo is 5-2 against Kansas, including a 67-62 win in the 2009 regional semifinal.

Miami (21-12) exited in the first round for the first time in three trips to the NCAA Tournament under coach Jim Larranaga.

"It just feels a lot longer than the normal timeout throughout the regular season", Mason said.

MI comes in as the higher seed at No. 7. Bill Self vs. Tom Izzo.

The Oklahoma State men's basketball team's season came to an end Friday, as the Cowboy fell 92-91 to MI in the NCAA Tournament's round of 64 in Indianapolis.

The Kansas Jayhawks are one step away from advancing into the Sweet 16 but more important is the fact that the Jayhawks would be playing at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, which means that they would basically play at home.

"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.

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