In Midwest third round play today the No. 3 seeded Michigan State Spartans (26-8) met up with the No. 6 seeded Memphis Tigers (31-4) in second round play. Spartans Coach Tom Izzo is one of the best coaches this time of year as evidenced by his team’s 38 NCAA tournament victories in his career. The Tigers are coming into this game with plenty of confidence considering they have just won their 3rd consecutive Conference USA tournament title. Michigan State got off to a fast start led by freshman guard, Gary Anderson. Gary would end up with half of his team’s points (16) but Memphis was not to be intimidated as they made a late run, led by their junior guard, Geron Johnson (13pts). The half would end with the Spartans leading, 32-29.
In the second half, play got a little sloppy early but it didn’t keep Michigan State from going a 13-3 run by the 12:15 mark. The Spartans junior forward, Adreian Payne scored 6 of those 13 points. He would end up with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Gary Harris would lead all scorers with a career high 23 points as Michigan State proved to be too much for the Memphis Tigers winning, 70-48.
Michigan State will move on to Indianapolis for the Sweet Sixteen to face the winner of the Duke–Creighton game.