March 21, 2013
In its 27 NCAA Tournaments, MSU has a record of 21-6 in its first game of the tournament...since the field expanded in 1985, the Spartans are 17-6 in the round of 64.
Tom Izzo improves his all-time record in the NCAA Tournament to 38-14 (.731)...Tom Izzo is now 12-4 in the round of 64.
Derrick Nix recorded his first career double-double in an NCAA Tournament game with 23 points and a career-high 15 rebounds...it was Nix's fifth double-double of his career and fourth of the season...Nix's 23 points was the fourth-highest scoring total this season by a Spartan...MSU is 5-1 this season when Nix reaches double figures in rebounds and 10-3 this season when he scores in double figures...Nix also made a career-high 10 field goals; his previous career high also came in the first game of the NCAA Tournament last season, as he made eight field goals against LIU Brooklyn.
Keith Appling scored 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field...he made three 3-pointers, which tied an NCAA Tournament best for him; he also made three 3-pointers in his first NCAA Tournament game against UCLA in 2011.
In his first NCAA Tournament game, freshman Gary Harris led the Spartans with four assists and scored 10 points, including two 3-pointers...he also had four rebounds and two steals.
After missing the NCAA Tournament last season due to a knee injury, sophomore Branden Dawson scored seven points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out three assists in his first career NCAA Tournament game.
Michigan State out-rebounded Valparaiso 49-23 (+26)...MSU is 23-7 when out-rebounding its opponent this season.
After the game was tied at 8 with 12:38 remaining, Michigan State went on a 24-4 run over the next 10 minutes to take a commanding 32-12 lead with 2:36 left in the half...during that stretch, Valpo went nearly six minutes without scoring.
Michigan State led 35-18 at halftime...the 18 points were the fewest scored by Valparaiso in the first half this season.
Michigan State led by as many as 27 points (49-22) in the second half.
Michigan State held Valpo's Ryan Broekhoff, the 2011-12 Horizon League Player of the Year and a first-team all-league selection this season, to just eight points on 2-of-11 shooting (1-of-9 from 3-point range)...it was just the fourth time Broekhoff was held to single digits in scoring this season.
MSU leads the all-time series against Valparaiso, 5-1, including a 2-0 record against the Crusaders in the NCAA Tournament.