Syracuse stuns Michigan State, busts brackets all over America

Syracuse grabs lead as Michigan State goes cold

McQuaid gets the pass from Miles Bridges and throws it up.

The fact that the Bison pushed the Spartans to the limit can serve as another rallying point for the Orange.

With a similar advantage, Michigan State will play Syracuse, who beat TCU 57-52 later Friday, on Sunday in the second round.

In the First Round of the NCAA Tournament at Little Caesers Arena against 14-seeded Bucknell, the Michigan State Basketball team finally put together the high-powered offensive performance they have been searching for since the final stretch of the regular season.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Senior guard Jairus Lyles scored 28 points, and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County pulled off the most shocking upset in NCAA Tournament history, defeating Virginia 74-54 on Friday night to become the first No. 16 seed ever to beat a No. 1 seed. It was an off-night for Michigan State's star when the Spartans could ill-afford it.

While McQuaid's proved to a big momentum-swinging shot for Michigan State heading into halftime, the three-pointer made by Jordan Poole for Michigan just over 12 hours ago is the bigger shot between the two, when it comes down to importance. He was also flawless at the foul line, making all eight of his free-throw shots. Michigan State went on the win the National Championship, beating No. 5 Florida in the final, 89-76.

Battle was fouled with 6.1 seconds left and hit both free throws. Michigan State shot just 25.8 percent from the field, and Bridges was 4-for-18 (22.2 percent).

Winston finished with 15 points, Bridges scored 11 and Nick Ward scored 10.

The Spartans are also out-rebounding the Orange 24-to-12.

Joel Berry II led the Tarheels with 21 points. MSU has walk-on Brock Washington sitting out for disciplinary reasons while Syracuse continues to be without Howard Washington, who suffered a season-ending leg injury. Finally, Syracuse has been playing with a chip on its shoulder since being one of the last teams to make the field of 68 and having to advance out of Dayton in the first place.

The concept of physicality is likely to be a critical one when the Orange (22-13) face Michigan State (30-4) in a second-round NCAA Tournament match-up that will be a battle of length vs. strength.

"We're going to focus in because it's been a lot of distractions", Izzo said on February 28. Can Bridges go Superman again?

Do you remember the last time Syracuse played in a Round of 32 game? The Spartans finished with 21 assists, the most since the 20 they recorded on senior night against IL.

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