Michigan State fell to Syracuse in the 2018 NCAA Tournament‘s second round on Sunday, March 18, bringing the Spartans’ season to an end.
Syracuse advances to face Duke in the Sweet Sixteen on Friday, March 23. Here’s our live blog, with the most recent updates right at the top:
Michigan State-Syracuse basketball score: Live updates, stats
Final: Syracuse 55, Michigan State 53.
That’ll do it. Syracuse kept fouling up three points, and it worked out. Cassius Winston’s half-court heave at the buzzer couldn’t answer MSU’s prayers, and their season is over. Your final box score:
Michigan State gets the ball back down 52-49 with 7.8 seconds left. Here we go.
— FiveThirtyEight (@FiveThirtyEight) March 18, 2018
Syracuse 52, Michigan State 49, 0:44: A Jaren Jackson Jr. block led to a Miles Bridges layup attempt that led to an iffy out-of-bounds call that led to MSU ball after a lengthy review, which led to a missed 3-pointer by Josh Langford. Then Syracuse’s Tyus Battle hit a jumper. Oh boy.
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 18, 2018
Syracuse 50, Michigan State 48, 3:32 remaining: Syracuse has surged into the lead thanks to a 7-0 run. Michigan State’s scoreless in the last two minutes.
Michigan State 48, Syracuse 47: Frank Howard was one of three Syracuse players with 13 points on the day, and he just fouled out with under six minutes to play. That’s big.
Michigan State 44, Syracuse 39, 7:19 left: Uh oh, Miles Bridges is dunking again.
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 18, 2018
Michigan State 38, Syracuse 37, 11:53 left: Just kidding, these teams are back to playing slow basketball without any sort of offense. Neither team has hit a field goal in over three and a half minutes.
Michigan State 35, Syracuse 31, 15:46 left in second half: Spartans haven’t distanced themselves yet, scoring 10 second-half points to Syracuse’s 9 so far. But the teams are actually soring points, which makes watching the game easily at least.
Halftime: Michigan State 25, Syracuse 22
The half ended with an incredible bank shot from Matt McQuaid. Wow.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 18, 2018
Michigan State 15, Syracuse 14, 6:55 left: This is some straight-up ugly basketball. Michigan State is shooting 23 percent from the field. Twenty-three percent!
Syracuse 10, Michigan 7, 11:45 remaining: Welp, Michigan has stopped scoring. The Spartans don’t have a bucket in the last 4:59, and are only 2 for 10 from the field. Syracuse has scored 8 points in that same stretch to take the lead.
Michigan State 7, Syracuse 4, 15:59 remaining in first half: MSU is doing an adequate job of slicing up Syracuse’s zone so far. Joshua Langford hit a 3-pointer to start the game’s scoring.
The Spartans (30-4) are the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament Midwest Region, while Syracuse is the No. 11 seed. Michigan State won the only previous matchup between the teams in the NCAA Tournament in 2000, but the Orange have won the last four times the programs have met.
Michigan State-Syracuse basketball: Time, game information
Michigan State and Syracuse play at 2:40 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 18.
- Time: 2:55 p.m. ET
- Date: Sunday, March 18
- TV Channel: CBS
- Location: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit
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Michigan State-Syracuse basketball preview
Tom Izzo and Jim Boeheim have won a combined 1,398 games in their careers as college basketball coaches at Michigan State and Syracuse, respectively. Whichever one adds to that total on Sunday will take his team to the Sweet 16.
Michigan State will try to use its depth and size advantage while attempting to solve Syracuse’s 2-3 zone. The Spartans (30-4) come into the game as the No. 3 seed but are well aware of Syracuse’s capabilities. The No. 11 Orange (22-13) got a win against Clemson, then ranked No. 18 in the country, in the regular-season finale to help secure an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament. They have beaten Arizona State in the First Four and No. 6 TCU in the first round already this week.
The Spartans will have to contend with the Syracuse guard tandem of sophomore Tyus Battle (19.7 points per game) and junior Frank Howard (14.9 points, 4.7 assists), as well as sophomore forward Oshae Brissett (14.9 points, 8.9 rebounds). Syracuse will play seven players deep, at most, and a third game in five days may end up catching up to it.
Michigan State sophomore forward Miles Bridges had 19 of his game-high 29 points in the second half of an 82-78 victory against Bucknell on Friday night. Sophomore guard Josh Langford added 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting in what the Spartans hope is a breakout performance for him. Langford had scored in double figures just one time in the previous seven games but he played confidently against Bucknell. While Bridges is the main focus of the offense, the Spartans can use more options.
Michigan State will use up to 10 players in its rotation, and that could prove especially important inside. Freshmen Jaren Jackson Jr. and Xavier Tillman as well as sophomore Nick Ward and redshirt junior Kenny Goins can keep rotating against the Syracuse front line. Grad student Ben Carter gave the Spartans 10 solid minutes against Bucknell for even more depth. Syracuse’s zone defense may not allow for much inside but it will be important for Michigan State to establish a presence there.