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Monday, March 23, 2009

Next up for Kansas: Michigan State

Michigan State’s Kalin Lucas (1) tries to drive on usc’s Dwight Lewis on Sunday in Minneapolis.

Michigan State’s Kalin Lucas (1) tries to drive on usc’s Dwight Lewis on Sunday in Minneapolis.

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Michigan State 74, USC 69

An unexpected scoring binge from the Big Ten’s defensive player of the year propelled Michigan State to a familiar place.

Travis Walton scored a career-high 18 points to lift the second-seeded Spartans to a victory over 10th-seeded USC in the Midwest Regional, putting Michigan State in the round of 16 for the eighth time in 12 years.

MSU (28-6) advanced to the regional semifinals more times in the last dozen years than any team besides Duke.

They’ll play third-seeded Kansas roughly 30 minutes after the conclusion of the 6:07 p.m. Louisville-Arizona game on Friday in Indianapolis.

Dwight Lewis scored 19 points, and DeMar DeRozan added 18 points for USC (22-13), which is starting to look like more than just a football school under coach Tim Floyd.

Raymar Morgan calls Michigan State’s backcourt of Walton and Big Ten player of the year Kalin Lucas “Fire and Ice,” with Lucas providing the heat on offense and Walton cooling down the opposing team’s top perimeter threat on the other end of the floor.

Walton hadn’t scored in double figures since he had 11 against Kansas on Jan. 10.

Comments

Seth Peattie 10 years, 10 months ago

when fire and ice meet Tim Hardaway, Jr. and Baby SHAQ next week it's MSU = GOWNDY!!!!!!!!!!!!

KGphoto 10 years, 10 months ago

Sparky and Slushy. Meet Inferno and Global Glacier.

Rick Glover 10 years, 10 months ago

KU has everything to gain and very little to lose, like our position and the revenge factor could play to our favor and they have markedly improved. We need our #3ot 7 players to produce, because MSU will have an answer to Collins/Aldrich. KU by 3

Dirk Medema 10 years, 10 months ago

Who will be the "unknown Jayhawk"?

If someone can pull a Scooter Barry/Clint Normore, we can go far. If Tyrel/Brady fade into the vast backdrop of another dome, and MM2, etc. become delineators & pylons in the lane, we'll have to settle for a good year, and turn our attention to next year.

chalmers2wright 10 years, 10 months ago

I think Little showed that he can be a spark offensively. Just as everyone was writing him off as a bust this season he scores 7 pts when no one but Cole and Sherron could do anything offensively. If we can get Brady and Tyrel hitting a couple 3's each, Tyshawn finishing a little bit better, the Morris twins playing good D and getting a couple put backs or easy buckets downlow, and Little hitting a couple of those smooth fadeaways we can beat just about anyone. I think it might be a balance of 3 or 4 guys with 7 or 8 pts...not a breakout 3rd option (if there is a breakout 3rd scorer it would probably be Tyshawn because he's the only one who's really done it this season.)

thomgreen 10 years, 10 months ago

This is the rematch I was hoping for in this tournament. KU is not the same team that Michigan State played in January. The twins won't get as many ticky tack fouls as they did at Michigan State's home court. And, Michigan State won't be lucky enough to be playing them in the confines of Breslin Center. KU by 7.

kansas22 10 years, 10 months ago

I was hoping this game would come just to have a better gauge on how much this team has improved throughout the year. It might cost us a chance in the Final Four to see, but I know that we will give them a better game than we did in January. Play hard and play tough and this team won't be able to push you around like they did so often in that first game. Rock Chalk Cole Aldrich, keep on playing defense like you did against Dayton. Cut down the turnovers and you had one of the best games I've ever seen a big man for KU play.

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