March 18, 2017

TULSA, Okla. (AP) No. 9 seed Michigan State (20-14) vs. No. 1 seed Kansas (29-4)

Second Round, Midwest region; Tulsa, Okla.; 5:15 p.m. EDT.

BOTTOM LINE: This matchup is nothing short of a second-round battle of two of the biggest blue-blood programs in all of college basketball, especially when it comes to the NCAA Tournament. Kansas has the sixth-highest winning percentage (.697) with a record of 101-44 in tournament history, while the Spartans are seventh with a record of 64-29 (.688).

FABULOUS FRESHMAN: Kansas standout Josh Jackson didn't waste any time in making his tournament presence felt in a first-round win over UC Davis, scoring 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Jackson's performance came in his first game following a one-game suspension in the Big 12 Conference Tournament for a series of embarrassing incidents this season, including a December confrontation outside a bar and three traffic citations in February.

DID YOU KNOW: Michigan State's opening-round win over Miami improved the school to 14-10 in the NCAA Tournament as a lower seed under coach Tom Izzo. That's the most wins by a school as a lower seed in tournament history.


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