Michigan State basketball faces Syracuse in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament on Sunday, March 18, at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. The Spartans are seeded No. 3 in the Midwest Region while Syracuse is No. 11.
Find game time, watch online, radio and streaming information for the game below.
The winner advances to face No. 2 Duke in the Midwest Regional semifinals on Friday, March 23. Michigan State (30-4) has won 14 of its last 15 games, including an 82-78 victory against Bucknell in the first round on Friday. Syracuse has won twice already in the tournament to reach this game; the Orange defeated Arizona State 60-56 in the First Four in Dayton on Wednesday, then knocked off No. 6 TCU 57-52 on Friday.
Syracuse leads the all-time series against Michigan State 10-7, and has won the last four games between the programs. The Spartans’ last win against the Orange came in the 2000 Midwest Regional semifinals, the season they last won the national title.
Michigan State-Syracuse basketball: Time, game information
Michigan State and Syracuse play at 2:40 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 18.
- Time: 2:40 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.
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