2:45 PM ET, March 23, 2013
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Here we go again for Michigan State. Make it to the NCAA tournament, prepare for any possibility in the first two games, and then focus on the next stop.It's a March tradition for Tom Izzo and the Spartans.Gary Harris scored 16 of his career-high 23 points in the first half and third-seeded Michigan State pulled away for a 70-48 victory over sixth-seeded Memphis on Saturday, putting the Izzo-led program in the regional semifinals for the fifth time in six years and the 11th time in his career.
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Around Champ Week
MVP: Adreian Payne made a lot of money in the win. He finished with 14 points (7-for-14), 10 rebounds and five blocks to lead the Spartans into the Sweet 16.
X factor: Gary Harris (23 points) got hot early. He went 4-for-7 from the 3-point line and helped the Spartans separate from the Tigers.
That was...toughness: The Spartans punched the Tigers in the mouth early. Memphis is talented and athletic. But it couldn't match Michigan State's toughness.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||19-64 (.297)||26-52 (.500)|
|3P Made-Attempted||5-23 (.217)||4-16 (.250)|
|FT Made-Attempted||5-10 (.500)||14-22 (.636)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||18 (0/0)||14 (0/0)|
|» Mar 23, 2013||@MSU 70, MEM 48||Recap|
Memphis attempted 31 field goals after one pass or fewer during its loss to Memphis, including 17 of 30 attempts in the second half. Michigan State had 18 such field goals attempts, but 10 of them were after an offensive rebound. Teams that have attempted more than 30 shots off one or fewer passes are 1-9 in this year's tourney. The one win was by Ole Miss over Wisconsin on Friday.[+]
Offense After One Pass or Fewer
Michigan State scored a season-high 22 second-chance points in its 70-48 win against Memphis on Saturday. It is the most second-chance points in a game in the 2013 Men's Basketball Championship. Michigan State is averaging 18 second-chance points per game in its two tournament wins, after averaging 11.2 entering the tournament. On Saturday, 16 of the Spartans' 22 second-chance points came in the paint.[+]
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