Upset with the officers and his group’s protection, Michigan State trainer Tom Izzo angrily snapped a white board in part all over a timeout.
“It felt damn good,” Izzo cracked.
The Spartans broke Southern California quickly after.
Joey Hauser scored 17 issues and No. 7 seed Michigan State clamped down defensively on No. 10 seed USC in the second one part on Thursday for a 72-62 win within the first around of the NCAA match’s East Region.
Izzo’s Spartans (20-12) will face No. 2 seed Marquette on Sunday for a place within the Sweet 16. Michigan State has received each earlier conferences within the match.
Before his group throttled Vermont 78-61 in the second one recreation at National Arena, Golden Eagles trainer Shaka Smart sat on press row for a part of the USC-Michigan State moment part to get a more in-depth take a look at its subsequent opponent.
Smart watched as Michigan State were given extra bodily after halftime to muzzle the streaky Trojans (22-11), who had been knocked out within the match’s first around for the second one immediately 12 months.
Tyson Walker and Jaden Akins added 12 issues apiece for Michigan State, which held USC to 34% taking pictures in the second one part. It felt like each and every ownership was once a problem for the Trojans, who simplest stayed inside of vary with some past due three-pointers and atrocious past due free-throw taking pictures through Michigan State.
The Spartans overlooked six immediately from the road all over one stretch whilst looking to shut it out and completed 15 of 25 general.
“It was a bad day,” Walker stated when Izzo requested him to remark at the misfires.
“Well said,” added the trainer.
Joshua Morgan scored 14 and Kobe Johnson 13 to steer USC.
Michigan State, showing of their twenty fifth immediately match underneath Izzo, will transfer on in what has been a novel and difficult season for the Spartans. The group was the face of a grief-stricken faculty after a gunman killed 3 scholars and injured 5 others in a campus taking pictures on 13 February.
Following his 54th win within the NCAA match, Izzo stated he is savoring each and every second of this March.
“I’m not taking too much for granted anymore,” Izzo stated. “It’s too crazy of a world.”
No 11 Pittsburgh 59, No 6 Iowa State 41
Nelly Cummings scored 13 issues and No. 11 seed Pittsburgh held sixth-seeded Iowa State to 23% taking pictures in a 59-41 victory within the first around of the NCAA match on Friday.
Jamarius Burton added 11 issues and Greg Elliott had 10 for trainer Jeff Capel’s Panthers, who stormed to a 22-2 lead after Iowa State overlooked its first 11 photographs. Things did not get a lot better for the Cyclones, who had 3 stretches through which they overlooked a minimum of 8 consecutive photographs.
Pitt (24-11), who edged Mississippi State within the First Four, strikes directly to Sunday’s second-round recreation towards third-seeded Xavier.
Gabe Kalscheur and Jaren Holmes every had 12 issues for Iowa State (19-14), which reached the Sweet 16 remaining 12 months in trainer TJ Otzelberger’s first season.
No 3 Xavier 72, No 14 Kennesaw State 67
Terrell Burden were given a shoulder previous his defender and driven into the paint, locking in at the rim for an opportunity to transport Kennesaw State inside of achieve in their first-ever NCAA match win.
Instead, Xavier’s Jack Nunge descended on him to make the play that capped the Musketeers’ past due defensive surge – and stored their season.
Nunge blocked Burden’s driving attempt at a go-ahead layup within the ultimate seconds, and Xavier dug out of a 13-point hollow towards sudden Kennesaw State to flee with a 72-67 victory in Friday’s first around.
The seven-footer’s block was once a part of the rationale the Owls shot 2-for-15 over the general 9 and a part mins, reversing the momentum in a recreation that had steadily left third-seeded Xavier (26-9) taking a look befuddled.
“We didn’t really change much, and that’s often the story,” stated trainer Sean Miller, again for his moment stint with the Musketeers. “We just did what we do better.”
Souley Boum hit 4 clinching unfastened throws within the ultimate 2.6 seconds for the Musketeers, who ran off 15 unanswered issues as a part of a game-ending 24–6 run. That was once sufficient to show away the 14th-seeded Owls (26-9) in this system’s first-ever March Madness recreation.
Xavier strikes on to stand both Iowa State or Pittsburgh on Sunday within the Midwest Region.
Xavier led 68-67 when Burden – who’d been a hit all day with dribble penetration – made his transfer into the paint. But Nunge turned around over and swatted the ball into the backboard.
“In the timeout, we were supposed to switch everything,” Nunge stated, including: “He’s a really good driver at getting to the rim and I just came over and blocked it.”
Burden stated the whole lot with the play ran as designed till Nunge’s arrival.
“It was a great play by him to meet me at the rim,” Burden stated.
The ball ultimately made its option to Boum, who hit two unfastened throws with 2.6 seconds left for a 70–67 lead. The Owls had an opportunity to arrange a 3-pointer for the tie, however that determined play ended when Spencer Rodgers’ proper foot landed at the sideline as he stuck the inbound move.
Jerome Hunter scored a career-best 24 issues to steer the Musketeers, whilst Boum had 17. Nunge had 10 issues, 11 rebounds, two steals and two blocks.
Burden and Chris Youngblood every scored 14 issues to steer Kennesaw State, which seemed at the verge of a signature March second, enjoying with an competitive edge whilst sponsored through vocal wallet of lovers. At one level, the 5-10 Burden were given Nunge on a transfer, pulled him outdoor and blew previous him for a layup and a 61-48 lead.
But that is when Xavier began its determined chase away – and Nunge was once able when Burden challenged him once more.
“We did some things early on both ends of the court that helped build that 13-point lead,” Kennesaw State trainer Amir Abdur-Rahim stated. “But if anybody in that building thought that was going to be how the game stayed, you hadn’t watched much basketball in March – and you probably haven’t watched much basketball in general.”