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Kansas vs. Michigan State - 3/19/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

20 March 2017, 04:18 | Myron Mathis

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But the Spartans can hold their head high this year after taking care of business in the first round, as Tom Izzo still never has lost back-to-back opening games in what is his 20th consecutive Big Dance appearance.

"Hell", Izzo joked, "I think our people have forgotten what it's like to not be in the Final Four". Michigan State is the inferior team in terms of talent, so focusing on the little things will be necessary to win. The Spartans also need to keep the turnovers down because Kansas likes to get out in the fastbreak and get easy baskets.

The NCAA Tournament is headlined by No. 1 seeds University of Connecticut, Baylor University, Notre Dame University and the University of SC.

It's the third-longest active streak behind Kansas (28) and Duke (22).

Ever since, the friendship between Self and Izzo, which formed when they both coached in the Big Ten, has grown. "North Carolina, Kentucky. I mean, it's been wonderful". "And then you look at Michigan State and you say, 'Hasn't he been to seven or eight Final Fours?' So I personally didn't feel a ton of comfort or warm feelings by seeing that".

Over on the Kansas side, they're sitting at 29-4 overall on the season.

That inexperience showed early in the first half against an experienced Miami team that reached the Sweet 16 last season.

Chima Moneke scored 20 points to lead the 16th-seeded Aggies (23-13). However, it was enough to prove the young Spartans were just getting started.

Michigan State prediction and game preview, as the No. 1 Jayhawks and No. 9 Spartans face off in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Spartans are eight-point underdogs in the second round game. He did, however, give Oklahoma State betting-backers a victory. It ended in a thud in the national semifinal as Arizona cruised.

One of the regular hard non-conference matchups over the years for the Spartans has been Kansas, with the Jayhawks wining the last of those early season battles last season.

"Once we figured out their defense, we really attacked it the right way", Langford said. "We have been through it all, but here, at the end of the day, we are still standing".

The games Jackson watched Michigan State play shaped the Detroit phenom's own approach to some respect. But it's clear the entire Jayhawks team has Izzo's attention as well. "It was an incredible setting". 16, I'm not saying we're going to go make 16 again.

That came after the national semifinal win over CT when Detroit natives Kalin Lucas and Durrell Summers led the way.

The second half saw just four combined turnovers between the teams - each with two.

Evans threw in a 3-pointer at the buzzer to make it a one-point loss for the Cowboys - which blew the cover from MI bettors, who were laying 2.5 points.

The 6-foot-3 junior also came through with a pair of free throws with 18.3 seconds left following a whistle in which officials reviewed Desi Rodriguez's foul to stop the clock and changed it to a flagrant foul.

The Spartans have gone one-and-done five times and, of course, none were bigger than last season.

They face Tom Izzo's Michigan State Spartans, who are always a threat to go deep in the tournament, save for past year.

The run stretching over both halves was 47-15. "Today it kind of fell apart". Yes, anytime you get a player like Jackson he would make a difference but I think him playing the same position as Miles would have made for a completely different team.

"They responded", Izzo said.

"The dream is a reality and that's what is cool and cruel about this tournament".

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