A few years back Tom Izzo’s Michigan State beat Bill Self‘s Jayhawks in the Sweet Sixteen…
Yesterday Self got his revenge.
KU defeated Michigan State 90-70. However the score doesn’t show how close this game was until the final minutes. Kansas had a comfortable 11 point lead heading towards the end of the first half but Michigan State came back to close it to 5.
It didn’t feel good.
In the second half Kansas led the entire way but in the final minutes KU blew another big lead down to just a one point margin. Yikes.
Then Kansas led by Josh Jackson, Frank Mason, Devonte Graham and surprise defense of bench guy Dwight Colby went on a tear…a 14 point run and destroyed Michigan State in the final minutes ending the hard fought game with a 20 point winning margin.
Josh had 23 points against his former pals – he’s from Michigan, Mason had 20 and Devonte 18. Before he had to leave with 4 fouls, Landon Lucas scored 10 and was outstanding in his defense as well. It was a total team win.
” The game was moving so fast, hell they wouldn’t listen to me, the game was going too fast” said Self after the win.
As we know KU scored over 100 points in their first NCAA Tournament win and now has a big win over Isso and crew. Nice.
I wrote about this team and its fearlessness before the tourney.
I felt this was Self’s best KU team ever.
He has three NBA type starters in Mason, Jackson (who may be the nation’s best) and Graham.
Then people in the comments section said KU”s bench was too soft and weak.
Doesn’t look that way so far, huh?
KU can’t hit free throws – 93 percent against Michigan State.
Landon Lucas is a poor’ defender, they said. He sure isn’t now.
KU has improved everywhere – they needed to – and today they’re likely the best team in the nation.
They may not win it all – it takes some luck – and best team doesn’t always win.
Remember Houston’s three failures to win the Final Four?
With KU playing a tough Purdue team Thursday, it won’t be easy to get to the Elite Eight but they should get there. I like Kansas chances for a Final Four, especially playing at home at Sprint.
Westport and Power and Light are excited for another big weekend with college hoops at Sprint.
I knowWestport wanted Iowa State, but KU didn’t.
Hah, I like KU’s chances to go all the way.
This is an exciting team that can fly, shoot, and wear your ass out.
Michigan State got hammered in the end cause their legs were tired, Kansas was not…so much for that needed bench, huh?
It will be exciting for sure.