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Michigan State 63 - North Carolina 45

Nov. 27, 2017

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Cassius Winston was named MVP of the PK80 Invitational Victory bracket. Over three games he averaged 15.0 points, 6.7 assists and 5.0 rebounds.
Joshua Langford scored a career-high 23 points, knocking down a career-best five 3-pointers in seven attempts.
• Michigan State’s defense held UNC to 24.6 percent shooting from the field, marking the lowest field-goal percentage for the Tar Heels in school history. North Carolina’s 45 points also matched the second-lowest output of Roy Williams’ coaching tenure in Chapel Hill.
• MSU’s defense held North Carolina to 1-of-18 from 3-point range, marking the worst 3-point field-goal percentage of the Roy Williams era in Chapel Hill.
• Michigan State’s three opponents in the PK80 shot 36-of-113 (31.9 percent) on 2-pointers and 12-of-56 (21.4 percent) on 3-pointers.
• Michigan State out-rebounded North Carolina 52-36. The Tar Heels entered the contest with a +14.2 rebounding margin.
• Michigan State captured its third preseason tournament title in the last five years. The Spartans previously won the 2013 Coaches Vs. Cancer Classic in Brooklyn and the 2015 Wooden Legacy.
• MSU’s win snapped a streak of seven straight losses to North Carolina.
• MSU’s 18-point margin of victory was its largest over a ranked opponent since Jan. 11, 2017 (65-47 vs. No. 24 Minnesota), and its largest over a Top 10 team since Feb. 12, 2013 (75-52 vs. #4 Michigan).
• North Carolina’s 45 points marked the fewest the Spartans had allowed to a ranked opponent since March 7, 2013 (#22 Wisconsin, 43), and the fewest allowed to a Top 10 opponent since Feb. 28, 2010 (#3 Purdue, 44)
• This is the second time Michigan State won a preseason tournament in Oregon, having previously captured the 1978 Far West Classic in Portland on Dec. 28-30, 1978.

 

 

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