Michigan State Bows Out In Second Round
Michigan State did everything they should have to beat Syracuse on Sunday, but the shots just would not fall for the Spartans and they are out of the NCAA tournament after a 55-53 loss to the 11th seeded Syracuse.
Despite taking 22 more shots from the field in the game, MSU made only two more baskets, 17-68 for the Spartans to 15-46 for the Orange. Michigan State also outrebounded Syracuse 51-30 including 29-7 on the offensive glass, and yet still Syracuse ends up advancing.
The Spartans also chucked up 37 three pointers in this game and only eight would drop in, further illustrating the difficulties Michigan State had to get points on the board.
Michigan State's Miles Bridges summed it up best: "It's probably the saddest I've ever been in my life."
Izzo has said he expects Bridges to declare for the NBA draft, but he has not said anything on that front as of this writing. Jaren Jackson Jr. and Nick Ward's futures are also unknown.
From the brink of not making the tournament, Syracuse have gone from the first four games to the Sweet 16. The Orange now set up an all-ACC matchup as they take on Duke in the Midwest region which will be held in Omaha.