TULSA, Okla. — Ninth-seeded Michigan State meets top-seeded Kansas in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament on Sunday, a matchup of traditional heavyweights.
Tip-off at the BOK Center is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. ET and CBS will broadcast the Midwest Region game. Michigan State coach Tom Izzo and Kansas coach Bill Self will face off for the first time since 2014. Izzo owns a 4-2 record against Self.
The winner will earn a spot in the Sweet 16, where it will face Purdue on Thursday. The Boilermakers beat Iowa State, 80-76, on Saturday and handily defeated Michigan State twice during the regular season.
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Michigan State-Kansas game time, details for 2017 NCAA Tournament
Time: 5:15 p.m. ET
Date: Sunday, March 19
Location: BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla.
What TV channel is Michigan State-Kansas basketball on?
The game airs on CBS.
How can I watch Michigan State-Kansas basketball online?
The NCAA will stream the game on March Madness Live.
How can I listen to Michigan State-Kansas basketball on the radio?
For Michigan State, the game can be heard on radio over the 38-affiliate Spartan Sports Network, including flagship stations WMMQ-FM (94.9)/WJIM-AM (1240) in Lansing and WJR-AM (760) in Detroit. It is also on Sirius 136/XM 202.
Who are the announcers for Michigan State-Kansas basketball?
Kevin Harlan will handle play-by-play for CBS, while Reggie Miller and Dan Bonner will provide analysis. Dana Jacobson will report from the sideline. Will Tieman will handle play-by-play alongside analyst Matt Steigenga on the Spartan Sports Network.
3 keys for Michigan State
This game will feature two much more similar teams than did the Michigan State-Miami matchup. Both have lost some size to injury, and both like to get out and run. Michigan State (20-14), in particular, is as good as any program at finding open 3s on the break — but it must make sure to cut off the Jayhawks (29-4) from those same opportunities. Whichever team does the best job at getting back on defense after missed shots and protecting the basket will put itself in position to win.
Contain Frank Mason III
Tum Tum Nairn has been Michigan State’s best option defensively at point guard … but Cassius Winston just brings another element offensively. The Spartans need Winston on the floor as much as possible. The question becomes whether he can stick with Mason, Kansas’ National Player of the Year candidate. Mason can create for himself and others, and he’s got one of the most lethal strokes in the country at 48.4-percent shooting from deep.
Stay out of foul trouble
Izzo has been ribbing freshman big man Nick Ward publicly since Friday night about picking up his first foul 2 seconds into the game against the Hurricanes. He actually said during his Saturday news conference that he’s considering not starting Ward. Regardless of whether he’s out there at the tip, Michigan State will need Ward to stay on the floor as long as possible. His craftiness around the rim will give the Spartans a chance to have an edge down low, a rare occurrence this season given the team’s lack of depth due to injuries.