12:15 PM ET, March 21, 2013
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Derrick Nix got a pass down low, backed up his beefy body to put an opponent on his back and scored.For much of Michigan State's NCAA tournament-opening win, it was as easy as giving Nix the ball and getting out of his way.
Mike and Mike in the Morning
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo talks about the Spartans' win against Valparaiso, getting ready for a matchup with Memphis and more.
NCAA Mens Tournament
AUBURN HILLS, MI - MARCH 21: Branden Dawson #22 of the Michigan State Spartans brings the ball up court in the...(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Around Champ Week
MVP: Derrick Nix was a monster. He finished with 23 points, 15 rebounds and two steals.
X factor: Valpo didn't score for a six-minute period in the first half. Game over. The Crusaders just couldn't close the gap after that.
That was surprising: The fact that Valpo lost by only 11 points, that is. Based on how they started, I wouldn't have been surprised if the Crusaders had lost by 50.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||19-54 (.352)||26-58 (.448)|
|3P Made-Attempted||7-25 (.280)||6-15 (.400)|
|FT Made-Attempted||9-14 (.643)||7-11 (.636)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||12 (0/0)||16 (0/0)|
|» Mar 21, 2013||@MSU 65, VALP 54||Recap|
Derrick Nix scored 20 of his game-high 23 points in the paint in Michigan State's 65-54 win against Valparaiso. Nix had 17 field goal attempts in the paint, the most for any player in the last four Men's Basketball Championships.
Derrick Nix is the 2nd player in MSU history to have 20 points and 15 rebounds in a NCAA Tournament game, joining Johnny Green who did so twice in the 1950s[+]
20 Points, 15 Rebounds in NCAA Tournament Game - Michigan State History
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