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"While we do want to run and we want to take the advantages of that, we got to make them spend some time with their offense so that they don't get easy looks". It's probably not gonna be a game where a team just goes away.

While both coaches probably would prefer to face someone else in this round - or any other round for that matter - it's clear that both were looking forward to the challenge of testing one another against such a well-respected counterpart.

"They responded", Izzo said. But in the tournament, they became an inspired team, playing with the kind of energy, confidence, and joy that players have who know what they're doing, know that they know what they're doing, and are having a blast doing it together. We've played in the (Champions Classic) more than a couple times. So it's been a long history. "... What a cool thing to watch happen, and I'd like to keep it going a little while". Beilein said during his recent hot streak, the aspect of Walton's game that jumps out has been his pace of play and effectiveness on defensive switches.

Just about every Spartan made a contribution to closing out Miami with Ward and Bridges crediting senior guard Alvin Ellis III and junior point guard Tum Tum Nairn for steadying the ship. Check back with Patch later today for updates on both of these games.

Venue: BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla.

MI won the game; OK State was the miracle victor in Las Vegas. The coaches don't gotta get us hyped for that.

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Tom Izzo and the ninth-seeded Spartans will have to upset Josh Jackson and Kansas to advance to the Sweet 16.

"Games are decided in the last five", he said at the time, "and they were much better in the last five". "I can't think of anybody who didn't play well". "'OK, this is what we have to do to be successful, ' and things like that". "And our guys respect that and they know that".

Kansas ranks sixth in NCAA Tournament winning percentage (.697, 101-44) among programs with at least 20 tournament games while Michigan State is seventh (.688, 64-29).

Izzo admitted to being anxious about how Ward, Winston and fellow freshmen Miles Bridges and Joshua Langford would respond to their first experience in one of the greatest sporting events in the world. We had some injuries to some players as well. They had eight assists against 10 turnovers, got out rebounded 36-23, Bruce Brown struggled, their defense failed them and they allowed their third highest point total of the season as they were unable to control tempo.

The NCAA Tournament is the main dance in March, but those who were fortunate enough to make to the postseason through the NIT Tournament should also be evaluated for reaching the postseason. Of their 16 conference wins, 11 were by seven points or less. "I thought we had a pretty good record, actually, as a league, but it didn't measure up".

Asked what this meant for Oklahoma State and the Big 12, Self expressed confidence in his alma mater.