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21-12, 7th in ACC
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10dJeff Goodman

ACC proves it was overrated

All season the ACC was widely considered the best league in the nation. It got nine teams into the NCAA tournament. Well, eight of them are gone now. So what does that tell you?

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Izzo: "After that first 7 minutes, we played some of the best ball we have, not only this year, but in a couple years."

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Spartans overcome slow start, dominate Miami

Nick Ward scored 19 points to help Michigan State atone for last season's early NCAA Tournament disappointment with an opening-round 78-58 victory over Miami on Friday night.

John Gasaway ESPN Insider 

Miami was a very good defensive team this season, one that limited Duke to 50 points in a 62-possession game just 21 days ago. You never would have known it tonight. Michigan State sliced Jim Larranaga's team up into ribbons, to the tune of 73 percent shooting inside the arc. The Hurricanes could not stop freshmen Nick Ward and Miles Bridges.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Sparty moves on

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

As dominant as top-seeded Kansas was in its tournament opener, No. 9 seed Michigan State looked like a very dangerous next opponent for the Jayhawks during a 78-58 shellacking of Miami. Sunday's showdown in Tulsa will hinge heavily on the play of talented freshmen on both sides, including Kansas star wing and Detroit native Josh Jackson, who spurned Michigan State and Tom Izzo to sign with the Jayhawks.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan State's freshmen have been putting on an absolute show in their tournament debuts. Nick Ward has yet to miss a shot. Joshua Langford has drilled a pair of 3s. And Miles Bridges just delivered a monstrous rebound jam over two Miami defenders. Sparty is rolling in Tulsa.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Recently, somebody sent Michigan State coach Tom Izzo a dozen diapers, after a comment he made that his young team was just taking off the diapers. Well, Izzo's team is growing up in a big way, in what is turning into a dominating performance of Miami.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

After a disastrous start, Michigan State bounced back with a 20-2 run late in the first half to take control over Miami. Freshman Nick Ward has led the barrage, and has yet to miss a shot from the field or the line.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

After a slow start against Miami, Michigan State has clawed its way back to take a lead, thanks to five straight field goal makes. Tom Izzo's young team looked rattled early, but has since settled in.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Miami is taking it to Michigan State early in Tulsa. The Hurricanes are dominating the paint, and have forced the Spartans into some ugly turnovers. Tom Izzo's young team better respond quick, or this could get away from them.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Miami's Jim Larranaga and Michigan State's Tom Izzo, whose teams will meet in an 8-9 matchup Friday, go back to the 1980s. As Bowling Green's coach, Larranaga was recruiting Steve Smith, a future NBA All-Star. Smith was leaning Bowling Green, until Izzo, then an assistant, got Smith to commit to Michigan State on the spot. "Then when Tom was named the head coach," Larranaga said, "he just took them to a whole other level."

ESPN Stats and Information  

Both Michigan State and Miami struggled to 1-3 finishes going into the tournament. BPI gives the higher-seeded Hurricanes the slight edge going into Friday's game.

ESPN Stats and Information  

According to ESPN's BPI, 7th-seeded South Carolina vs. 10th-seeded Marquette in Greenville, S.C. ranks as the best matchup in the Round of 64.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Miami has reached the Big Dance in consecutive years for the second time in school history (three straight appearances from 1998-2000). The No. 8 seed Hurricanes are 16-0 when limiting opponents to fewer than 65 points this season. (Photo by Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

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ESPN Stats and Information  

Miami, the No. 8 seed in the Midwest region, faces Michigan State in the first round on Friday in Tulsa. Coach Jim Larranaga will try to lead the Hurricanes to the Sweet 16 for the third time.

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

More NCAA openers from South Point: Baylor -13 vs. New Mexico State, Miami-Florida -1.5 vs. Michigan State, Oregon -15 vs. Iowa, Creighton -2 vs. Rhode Island, UCLA -17 vs. Kent State. That completes the 28 first-round openers plus the four First Four games at the South Point. Treasure Island, CG Technology, William Hill and Westgate are starting to post openers now.

ESPN Stats and Information  

The ACC has the most representation in this year's NCAA tournament, with nine bids. The Big East and Big Ten tied for next-most with seven, followed by the Big 12 with six.

Team Stats

Points Per Game69.0276th
Rebounds Per Game35.6181st
Assists Per Game11.8283rd
Points Allowed64.124th

Tournament History

Final Fours0
Tournament Record8-8
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances8