No. 5 Spartans Play No. 4 Kentucky Monday in NCAA Second Round
MSU and UK will tip at 7:21 p.m. ET on ESPN2 in Freedom Hall.
March 21, 2010
No. 5-seed MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS (23-9) vs.
No. 4-seed KENTUCKY WILDCATS (26-7)
NCAA TOURNAMENT SECOND ROUND LOUISVILLE, KY.
Date: Monday, March 22
Time: 7:21 p.m. ET
Location: Louisville, Ky.
Arena: Freedom Hall
TV: ESPN2 (Justin Kutcher - play-by-play; Rebecca Lobo - analyst)
Radio: WJIM 1240 AM (Rick Berkey - play-by-play)
Internet: Live streaming at ESPN360.com; Live audio at SpartanRadioNetwork.com
SPARTAN FIRST ROUND NOTES
MSU has won six straight first round games and improved to 8-1 all-time in the first round.
Aisha Jefferson scored a team-high 17 points, leading four Spartans in double-figures.
Jefferson is 12 points away from moving into the top-10 on the MSU career points list. She is now 12th all-time with 1,187. Jefferson is also now 12th with 649 rebounds.
Jefferson became the sixth Spartan to score 100 NCAA Tournament points. She is now third all-time at MSU with 113 NCAA points. Jefferson is also now second at MSU with 63 NCAA Tournament rebounds.
The Spartans have won 12 straight games when scoring over 70 points.
MSU is 10-1 this season when Lauren Aitch scores in double-figures and 27-7 in her career. The Spartans are 8-1 when Brittney Thomas reaches double-digit points in 2009-10.
MSU had a 28-4 edge in points in the paint against Bowling Green.
Michigan State shot a season-high 85.7% (12-of-14) from the foul line.
The Spartans are 3-0 on ESPN2 this season.
Allyssa DeHaan (135) tied the MSU record for games played. Aitch (134) is third.
Jasmine Thomas made an impressive NCAA Tournament debut with 11 points, six rebounds (including a season-high four offensive) and a season-high tying two steals.
Over her last three games, Jefferson is averaging 16.7 points, shooting 63.6% (21-of-33 from the field, including 83.3% (5-of-6) from 3-point range.
With 14 free throw attempts, the 2009-10 Spartans moved into second on the MSU single-season list with 665 (MSU is 13 away from tying the record of 2007-08 team).
With four made 3-pointers, this year's team is now fourth on the MSU single-season list with 157, only two shy of a third place tie.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
The Spartans have posted seven-straight 20 win seasons and have 11 all-time.
MSU finished second in the Big Ten (12-6) and has won 11 of its last 13 games.
Allyssa DeHaan was the first Spartan to be named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.
Kalisha Keane was the first Spartan to be named Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year.
DeHaan, Keane, Lykendra Johnson and Brittney Thomas earned All-Big Ten recognition.
DeHaan is second in NCAA Division I in career blocks with 503. (Louella Tomlinson - 512)
MSU is one of three teams in the nation to have three AP top-10 wins this season.
MSU is one of five teams in the country to have played five top-10 teams in the regular season.
The Spartans are one of two Big Ten schools (Ohio State) with at least 10 conference wins in each of the last eight seasons. (MSU is 93-41 in the league during the stretch.)
DeHaan is one of only five Spartans in the top-10 all-time in both scoring and rebounding. She is fourth with both 1,645 points and 918 rebounds.
Over the last seven games, MSU has forced 20.0 turnovers, averaged 10.3 steals and is +30 in turnover margin (-21 first 25 games).
MSU has held 17 of its last 18 opponents below 40% from the field (34.3% during stretch).
The Spartans hold a 27.8-13.9 edge in bench scoring. MSU leads the Big Ten in bench points.
Nine different Spartans have led the team in scoring, 10 in assists and eight in rebounds.
DeHaan led the Big Ten in conference games in blocks for the third time (06-07, 07-08).
Aisha Jefferson became the 11th Spartan with 1,000 points and 600 rebounds.
13 different Spartans have made a 3-pointer this season; most in the Big Ten.
The Spartans are fifth in the nation in blocks per game (6.4) and have the third most blocks in the nation over the past three-plus seasons with 808.
In conference games, the Spartans led the Big Ten in scoring defense (57.5), field goal percentage defense (.351), 3-point field goal percentage defense (.277) and blocks (5.78).
MSU set a Big Ten record with its 35.1% field goal percentage defense in league play.
MSU has won 13-straight overtime games. The streak is the longest among Big Ten schools.
MSU's margin of defeat in its nine losses is only 5.2 points.
SPARTANS AGAINST THE WILDCATS
Michigan State leads the all-time series, 3-1, having won the last three meetings. The two schools last met in the 2006 NCAA Second Round in Chicago (March 20), a 67-63 Spartan win.
KENTUCKY VS. THE FIELD OF 64
The Wildcats have played seven teams in this year's NCAA Tournament, posting a 6-5 record. UK beat No. 7 Mississippi State twice, won at No. 7 LSU and knocked off No. 13 Chattanooga at home. The Wildcats split with No. 5 Georgia and No. 6 Vanderbilt, but lost twice to No. 1 Tennessee and at No. 10 Middle Tennessee.
MSU AND KENTUCKY COMMON OPPONENTS
The Spartans and the Wildcats have faced no common opponents this season.