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Melissa Porter | 18 March, 2018, 22:58

The No. 3 seed Spartans' second-round March Madness game is against No. 11 Syracuse on Sunday at 2:40 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Trailing 63-61 with less than four seconds left in their second-round tilt to 6-seed Houston with a spot in the sweet 16 on the line, the Wolverines set up a play that involved a near-half-court pass down the floor, eventually setting up the aforementioned Poole with a deep triple try on the wing. Michigan State dispatched Bucknell in a physical game behind 53.4 percent shooting from the field and 29 points from Miles Bridges. Syracuse picked up a 57-52 win over TCU for its second tournament win of the week.

Friday's game was the 10th consecutive time in which he scored double figures against a Power Six opponent. Offensively, Syracuse has been led by Tyus Battle (19.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.5 spg), Oshae Brissett (14.9 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.1 spg), Frank Howard (14.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.8 apg, 1.9 spg), and Paschal Chukwu (5.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.6 bpg).

As the season has gone on, many pundits have wondered about the Michigan State rotation and it's depth.

"I'd say that in general, the coaches did a poor job on the game plan", Izzo said, "because we didn't take care of the things that we needed to take care of". So of course it hit that one, and leads by three at halftime, 25-22. The game can also be heard on Sirius 137, XM 201 and Internet 962.

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. It wasn't one mistake, it was like three or four.

As usual, Syracuse (22-13) is living off its vaunted zone defense. The 7-3 Haarms averaged just 4.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 16.6 minutes per game in 35 games off the bench this season. MTSU's win over the Spartans was the eighth time a 15-seed defeated a 2-seed in NCAA Tournament history.

According to oddsmakers at YouWager, Michigan State is favored in this game, as the Spartans are getting odds of -9 points against Syracuse.

Miles Bridges outlasted Zach Thomas, scoring 29 points and grabbing nine rebounds to help second-seeded Michigan State hold on for an 82-78 win over Bucknell on Friday night in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

All five Spartans starters scored at least 10 points, including Morris Peterson, who led all scorers with 21 points. While Bridges is the main focus of the offense, the Spartans can use more options.

Louisville 74, Boise State 42 - Kylee Shook had 14 points and 10 rebounds off the bench to lead Louisville in the Lexington Regional first round. Every time Michigan State was ready to pull away, Thomas led a counter-punch.