Tulsa, Okla. — About 24 hours before facing top-seeded Kansas in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Michigan State basketball players talked about what makes the Jayhawks so difficult to prepare for.
There’s the talented back court, featuring Frank Mason III and Devonte Graham. The Jayhawks are tough to slow down in transition. They do a good job of rebounding their own misses.
"They've just got a lot of strengths," MSU sophomore forward Kenny Goins said. "I would say probably the toughest thing is just the turnaround and not having played them at all this year – trying to prepare for a top-four team in the nation with one day in between games."
Tulsa, Okla. — When Kansas meets Michigan State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, it will be a reunion for a few players.
Michigan State freshmen Cassius Winston and Miles Bridges played alongside Kansas freshman Josh Jackson when they were all growing up in Michigan. Winston believes he started playing alongside Jackson in the second or third grade.
“You definitely can’t see nothing like that coming,” Winston said if he predicted Jackson would be one of the top players in the country. “I wouldn’t have thought Josh Jackson become the player that he has become. It’s just crazy remembering back what we used to be and how far we’ve come.”