A triple double from Michigan State senior All-America forward Draymond Green helped make sure that the Spartans would avoid Friday’s upset bug at the Big Dance as the West Region’s top-seed rolled past Long Island University-Brooklyn 89-to-67 last night in men’s NCAA tournament action in Columbus.
M-S-U’s victory in their debut in this year’s March Madness guaranteed that the state of Michigan would still have a school standing as the field of 68 was reduced to 32 following the first and second rounds.
Both the University of Michigan and Detroit went down to defeat last night as Friday featured a pair of shocking upsets with two number-two seeds, Duke and Missouri, sent packing.
In the Spartan’s win over LIU Brooklyn, Draymond Green had 24 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists while Derrick Nix had 18 points with eight boards off the bench.
It’ll be Michigan State vs. St. Louis University tomorrow afternoon at 2:45 with the winner moving on to the Sweet 16.
Michigan saw its season end last night in Nashville where the number-four seeded Wolverines were taken out by MAC tournament champion Ohio University with the Number-13 seeded Bobcats winning 65-to-60. Tre Burke's 16 points and five assists pacedMichigan. Evan Smotrycz added 15 points with seven rebounds while Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 14 points in the loss. The Wolverines finish the season at 24-and-10.
And 15th-seed Detroit couldn’t make Kansas the third number-two seed to be surprised Friday as the Jayhawks handled the U-of-D 65-to-50. The Titans end their year with a 22-and-14 record.
The Big Ten still has 5 teams in the tournament with Purdue’s win Friday over St. Mary’s. Big Ten teams seeing third round action today are Indiana, Ohio State, and Wisconsin.