Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

March Madness Predictions: Will Miami hold off Michigan State? 3/17/17

" MI set an NCAA Tournament program record with 16 three-pointers". Walton's free throws gave MI the lead and some momentum.

MI narrowly escaped its first-round matchup with Oklahoma State in a 92-91 thriller on Friday that is a front-runner for best game of the first-round after a Thursday lacking in excitement.

A pair of clutch D.J. The third-seeded Bruins had numerous breakdowns and let Kent State claw back into it by halftime, eventually stretching the lead midway through the second half. Game time is yet to be determined.

Ja'Quan Newton scored 16 points to lead Miami (21-12).

It was over when: At one point in the first half, Michigan State trailed by 12 points.

Derrick Walton Jr. stuck to the plan Friday.

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. But then Derrick Walton got Mitchell Solomon to jump on a pump-fake, and Solomon fouled the MI point guard behind the 3-point line with 4.3 seconds left.

Michigan, meanwhile, emerges as the hot team that nobody should be happy to have to play right now. MI answered loudly, asserting its long-range prowess for one of the great storylines of the tournament.

INDIANAPOLIS - In a game that was close throughout, 10th-seed Wichita State outscored 7-seed Dayton 21-15 in the final eight minutes to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 64-58 triumph in Indianapolis. Senior Kamari Murphy, who went to two NCAA Tournaments with Oklahoma State before transferring to UM, was held to one point and two rebounds. Louisville also is limiting teams to 39.9 percent shooting from the field, which is good for 15th in the nation. No Hurricane had more than three rebounds. Irvin finished with 16 points.

The highly underrated No. 7 seed Wolverines made 16 3-pointers, 11 in the second half, against OSU. Davon Reed added 12 and Bruce Brown had 11.

But Michigan was absolutely on fire from downtown in the second half, preventing the Cowboys from riding an efficient offensive performance. MI committed just four turnovers all day, continuing its nation-low turnover ratio. The Spartans took their first lead of the game, 25-23, on an Alvin Ellis layup with four minutes to go before the half. U-M's biggest hurdle was foul trouble as Moritz Wagner was whistled for his second foul just 3:11 into the game.

Carroll added 19 points for his 28th double-figure scoring game of the year. In the opening seven minutes, the Hurricanes had 10 points off turnovers.

In other March Madness news, UCLA pulled away late for a 97-80 victory over scrappy Kent State on Friday night in the NCAA Tournament South Region. Berry checked back into the game after landing awkwardly and will likely continue to play, but it's a story to monitor moving forward.

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