A tale of two halves: MSU defeats Louisville, 76-70, during overtime. The Spartans are now advancing to the Final Four — head coach Tom Izzo's seventh run.
In the ultimate survive and advance scenario, MSU escaped two dangerous free throw misses at the end of regulation to pull away for a 76-70 overtime victory over Louisville.
Freshman forward Marvin Clark checked in for junior forward Matt Costello with 2:21 left in regulation and little did he know the role he would play.
Syracuse, N.Y. — It was a competitive game for much of the first half, but a late scoring drought by MSU could endanger its Final Four dreams.
Syracuse, N.Y. -- MSU head coach Tom Izzo will square off against a Pitino-led team for the second time this year, but with a Final Four berth at stake, this one will mean a bit more.
The Spartans dropped a home game to Minnesota and head coach Richard Pitino in February, and on Sunday at 2:20 p.m., MSU will face Richard’s father and Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame member Rick Pitino.
Pitino’s Louisville Cardinals (27-8 overall, 12-6 ACC) have surged in the tournament, despite the dismissal of guard Chris Jones in late February.
The Cardinals escaped in their first tournament game with a two point win over UC Irvine.
A year after losing three key pieces of its puzzle, MSU has clawed its way right back to where its season ended last year.
The Elite Eight.
An improbable yet not infrequent tournament run has been conducted by upperclassmen.
After MSU defeated Oklahoma Friday night to advance to the Elite Eight, crowds gathered near Cedar Village apartments in celebration.
Syracuse, N.Y. — For a while, it looked as though MSU's free throw woes would be their undoing.
Oklahoma never trailed over the first twenty minutes, and at halftime, the Sooners lead the Spartans, 31-27.
Oklahoma junior guard and Big 12 Player of the Year Buddy Hield leads all scorers with 11 points, and MSU senior guard Travis Trice follows with 10 points.
The Spartans are reaffirming their role as the team that kicks into gear late in the season with versatile performances and unexpected victories. Now, MSU must defeat Oklahoma to advance to the Elite Eight