March 21, 2010

V-Cast: Comp and PK on MSU's classic with Terps

After a pair of classic second round games that saw Big Ten brethren Michigan State and Purdue advance to the second round with dramatic wins over Maryland and Texas A&M respectively, SpartanMag.com staffers Jim Comparoni and Paul Konyndyk ventured back out to the floor at Spokane Arena to share some of their thoughts on Michigan State's win over ACC Champion Maryland.

Among the topics discussed by Comparoni and Konyndyk is the success that Michigan State coach Tom Izzo has had getting his team to Sweet Sixteen. With the Spartans' 85-83 win over Maryland, the Spartans are headed to Sweet Sixteen No. 9 in the last 13 years.

Izzo is now 15-3 in NCAA tournament games on one-day prep. The Spartans' only losses on one-day prep during the last 13 years have come against No. 1 seeds.

What made Michigan State's latest NCAA tournament victory remarkable, aside from the drama of a buzzer-beater by Korie Lucious, was the bizarre lineups that the Spartans were forced to use against Maryland after all-Big Ten point guard Kalin Lucas left the game with what appears to be an ACL tear.

With Lucas out, Michigan State was forced to play walk-ons Mike Kebler and Austin Thornton together in a five-man group that also featured freshman Derrick Nix, who played more minutes against Maryland than any team he has face this year.

If you are unable to watch the V-Cast embedded in the text above, click on the link below to hear Comparoni and Konyndyk from Spokane Arena.



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