It the first NCAA tournament game, the Michigan State Spartans recovered from a lousy first 10 minutes to beat Miami.
But in their second round game, the Spartans started strong. They gave the top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks a run for their money.
For about 16 minutes.
Then Kansas built up a double digit lead. MSU closed the half on a 6-0 run to bring it back to single digits, but never managed to close the gap.
MSU got within 1 (54-53) with about 12 minutes to play, but Kansas pulled away with about 7 minutes left. The Jayhawks, led by Josh Jackson, put on a show, with at least three alley-oops and dunks.
Final score: Kansas 90, MSU 70.
Jackson led the way with 23 points. Frank Mason added 20 and Deyonte’ Graham had 18 for the Jayhawks.
Miles Bridges had 22 for the Spartans. Nick Ward, who ran into foul trouble late in the game, added 13.
The Spartans head home to East Lansing, their season over but full of potential for 2017-18. MSU features 4 talented freshmen, an excellent recruiting class, and the return of their big men, who were sidelined with injuries this year.
Kansas will play Big 10 regular season champ Purdue, the 4th seed, later this week.