Kansas State 69, Creighton 59: Barry Brown scored 18 points and ninth-seeded Kansas State never trailed despite playing without top scorer Dean Wade. It made 9 of 11 shots during one stretch on its way to a 12-point lead at halftime.
The Orange's win brought it to 9-0 on the season. You can look at their NCAA Tournament game past year against West Virginia, their trip to North Carolina earlier this season, or their incredible comeback win over Colgate in February as examples of that. After a 77-60 win over No. 14 Indiana State in the Round of 64, Syracuse was upset by No. 11 Marquette, 66-62.
Michigan State ranks eighth in rebounds per game (40.8) while Syracuse ranks 77th (37.4). Bucknell hit a flurry of 3-pointers in the final two minutes but ran out of time. He scored 20 of his Bucknell NCAA Tournament-record 27 points in the first 20 minutes and largely kept the Bison in the game.
Winston scored 15 points and Nick Ward added 10 for the Spartans, who combined to make just 26 percent of their shots.
Find game time, watch online, radio and streaming information for the game below. It's likely that the Spartans will next face Duke in the Sweet Sixteen if they're able to get past the Orange. SU would have faced No. 2 Michigan State in that game if not for the Blue Raiders' monumental 90-81 first round upset.
The Spartans need to play like the more talented team and pound the ball inside all game long.
Despite their appearance, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said his group hasn't been quite as physical as he'd like this season, and he has worries of his own in the form of the 2-3 zone and SU's unprecedented length. They have so much size and strength to wear down Syracuse's Paschal Chukwu and Bourama Sidibe inside.
Fewer things, if anything, can spark a team in basketball than going into halftime after making a big shot before the buzzer sounds. Brandon Triche and Michael Carter-Williams, SU's starting backcourt, each fouled out.
Former Detroit mayor, Syracuse alumnus and Hall of Fame basketball player - Dave Bing in attendance - while at Syracuse Bing led the Orangemen in scoring during his sophomore, junior, and senior years. Syracuse was outstanding on the defensive end against the high-scoring Horned Frogs and pulled away late after a Frank Howard jumper gave the Orange a 54-49 lead with just 1:31 left in regulation.