TULSA, Okla. — Miles Bridges threw the ball up, and the Michigan State faithful held their breath. He pounded it through the rim with one hand, and they oohed and ahhed.
Michigan State had already held its pre-NCAA Tournament practice at Tulsa’s Reynolds Center earlier Thursday. When the Spartans came to the BOK Center — site of their NCAA Tournament opener against Miami (Fla.) on Friday — they held an open practice in front of a crowd of green. But this wasn’t to run through sets. The Spartans wanted to entertain.
And they did just that. It started with a brief stretch and breakdown during which the MSU fight song blared through the arena speakers.
After that, they went through shooting drills and layup lines on either end of the floor. Wherever Bridges was, fun ensued. And when he dunked, his teammates felt compelled to show their stuff, as well.
The Spartans threw down some impressive dunks throughout practice, but the final layup line of the day put everything else to shame. They brought their best and left the crowd standing as they finished up and thanked those who attended.