Syracuse looks to take down No. 3 seed Michigan State

Dienhart: Michigan State shakes rust, shuts the door on Bucknell

The Syracuse Orange, whose inclusion in the NCAA Tournament was questioned by many, stunned No. 3 seed Michigan State in front of a huge pro-Spartan crowd 55-53 here at the Little Caesars Arena on Sunday. Other Spartans of note include Cassius Winston with 11 points, Nick Ward with eight points, along with Jaren Jackson Jr. and Xavier Tillman, who both had six points.

The Michigan State Spartans spent the first half of their second round game being tormented by Syracuse's 2-3 zone, but a bit of good fortune ensured they went into the locker room with the lead. The Orange will meet No. 3 seed Michigan State - which barely knocked out No. 14 seed Bucknell - on Sunday afternoon in Detroit. It's what we do. They banked in three-pointers from the logo, and shot over 70 percent from behind the arc in the first half.

Stephanie Funkhouser is in Detroit and will bring us post game thoughts on FOX 17 news at 10 and 11.

The Spartans were held scoreless from the field the rest of the game.

BC-BKC-NCAA-Syracuse-Michigan St Capsule, 284 Michigan State shoots to beat Syracuse in championship questAP Photo MIPS149, MSRS115Eds: APNewsNow. Michigan State won by four.

Wes Clark scored 25 points, Jeremy Harris added 23 and No. 13 seed Buffalo pulled off the biggest upset of the NCAA tournament's opening round, rolling over No. 4 seed Arizona 89-68 in the South region Thursday night.

BOTTOM LINE: The Spartans, with a title-or-bust mentality, are desperately hoping to survive the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in three years.

- CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 18, 2018Michigan State was just 5-for-19 from three in the half, but Matt McQuaid's shot could give Sparty some momentum. Bucknell hit a flurry of 3-pointers in the final two minutes but ran out of time.

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Syracuse also held the Spartans to 0-of-9 from the field in that stretch until a 3 from Winston gave MSU a 12-10 lead with 10:15 left in the half. "We've got to be prepared for them".

Michael Oguine and Ahmaad Rorie scored 15 points apiece to lead the Grizzlies. He finished with 16 points, scoring 13 in the second half as the Tigers tried to rally.

Michigan State's offensive rebounding percentage was their largest advantage over Bucknell.

Michigan State is still trying to find the soft spots in Syracuse's zone. On Friday, Miles Bridges was that star for Michigan State, finishing with 29 points on 12-of-22 shooting.

The loss eliminates MSU from the NCAA Tournament.

What's next: Michigan State will take on the victor of the No. 6 TCU vs.

Howard fouled out with 6:39 to play after picking up his fourth and fifth fouls within seven seconds between whistles.

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