March 23, 2013
With the 70-48 victory over Memphis, Michigan State advances to its second straight Sweet 16, its fifth in the last six years, and its 11th in the last 16 years...it also marks MSU's 13th trip to the Sweet 16 since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985.
Michigan State improves to 56-25 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
MSU is now 12-2 all-time at The Palace of Auburn Hills...under Izzo, MSU is 12-1 at The Palace, including 4-0 in the NCAA Tournament.
Tom Izzo improves to 39-14 (.736) all-time in the NCAA Tournament...under Izzo, the Spartans are 18-3 in the second game of an NCAA Tournament weekend...MSU is 11-1 in the round of 32 under Izzo...this marks Izzo's 11th appearance in the Sweet 16 in the last 16 seasons.
MSU had a dominant +20 (49-29) rebounding margin...MSU has out-rebounded 31 of 35 opponents this season.
Adreian Payne recorded his first double-double in an NCAA Tournament game with 14 points and 10 rebounds...he also had a career-high five blocks, which established an MSU single-game record in an NCAA Tournament game...it marked Payne's eighth double-double of the season and the ninth of his career.
Gary Harris led MSU with a career-high 23 points...the 23 points are the most by a Spartan freshman in an NCAA Tournament game since Shawn Respert scored 27 against Cincinnati in the 1992 NCAA Second Round (round of 32)...Harris was 6-of-9 shooting from the field and 4-of-7 from 3-point range...Harris was also 7-of-8 from the free-throw line...he scored 14 points during a 20-7 MSU run over a six-minute stretch when the Spartans took a 26-13 lead with 8:00 left in the first half...Harris now has 65 3-pointers this season, just one behind Chris Hill (66) for the single-season freshman record at Michigan State.
Derrick Nix scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds...Nix also tied his career high with four steals...in two NCAA Tournament games this year, Nix is averaging 18.0 points and 11.5 rebounds (23 points and 15 rebounds vs. Valparaiso).
Denzel Valentine scored nine points, grabbed six rebounds and tied his career high with six assists.
MSU held Memphis to a season-low 48 points, the fewest by a Spartan opponent in the NCAA Tournament since Florida scored 46 in 2003...the 48 points by Memphis are the fewest by the Tigers in an NCAA Tournament game since 2006 (45 vs. UCLA)...the 22-point margin of defeat for Memphis was its worst in an NCAA Tournament game since 1992 (lost to Cincinnati by 31 points, 88-57).
Memphis shot just 29.7 percent from the field, its lowest field-goal percentage in a game this season.
Michigan State shot 50 percent from the field (26 of 52), marking its best shooting percentage in an NCAA Tournament game since defeating Maryland in the round of 32 in 2010 (32 of 58, 55 percent).
Michigan State out-scored Memphis in the second half, 38-19.
Michigan State recorded its first win in school history over Memphis...the Spartans were 0-2 against the Tigers heading into the game.