No. 3 Seed Michigan State Faces No. 11 Seed Syracuse on Sunday
Detroit, Mich. -
Michigan State’s men’s basketball team held a closed practice at Little Caesars Arena and met with the media on Saturday afternoon in advance of its NCAA Tournament Second Round game against Syracuse on Sunday, March 18. Tipoff is slated for 2:40 p.m.
On the Air
The game will air live on CBS, with Ian Eagle calling the play-by-play, Jim Spanarkel serving as the color analyst and Allie LaForce on sidelines. The Spartan Sports Network radio call can be heard on one of 38 affiliates and on the web at SpartanSportsNetwork.com, with Will Tieman handling the play-by-play, Matt Steigenga serving as the color analyst and Dalton Shetler as the studio host. The game can also be heard on Sirius 137, XM 201 and Internet 962.
Michigan State, winners of 14 of its last 15 games, enters the game with a 30-4 overall record, while Syracuse improved to 22-13 after beating TCU, 57-52, on Friday night.
• Sophomore guard/forward Miles Bridges scored a game-high 29 points, connecting on 12-of-22 shots from the field, and had nine rebounds and four assists to lead three players in double figures as Michigan State beat Bucknell, 82-78, on Friday night.
• Sophomore guard Joshua Langford scored 22 points, including 15 in the first half and 5-of-6 free throws in the final 20 seconds, grabbed four rebounds and had two assists, while sophomore guard Cassius Winston added 11 points and 10 assists.
• MSU used an 11-2 run early in the second half, with Bridges scoring nine points during the run, to take a 63-48 lead with 8:36 remaining. MSU took its biggest lead, 72-54, with 4:16 remaining and the Bison hit five 3-pointers in the last 1:18 of the game to make the final 82-78.
• Michigan State shot 53.4 percent from the field, marking the 17th time the Spartans have shot at least 50 percent from the floor this season.
• This is the sixth time in the last seven years MSU has reached the second round and the 10th in the last 12 years.
• An 82-78 win over Bucknell in the first round improved the Spartans to 30-4 overall ... It marks MSU’s fourth 30-win season, all under 23rd-year head coach Tom Izzo (33 in 1998-99; 32 in 1999-2000; 31 in 2008-09).
• Sophomore guard/forward Miles Bridges is one of only four players in the country averaging at least 17.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 0.8 blocked shots per game.
Michigan State and Syracuse have met 17 times in school history. The Orange lead the head-to-head series, 10-7, and have won the last four meetings. The teams have only played five times under Head Coach Tom Izzo. The teams have only played once in the NCAA Tournament, with MSU posting a 75-58 win over the Orange in the 2000 Midwest Regional Semifinals on the way to the 2000 National Championship.