Michigan State by the numbers

Derrick Walton Jr. had 26 points and 11 assists as MI held off Oklahoma State 92-91 in the Midwest Regional in Indianapolis.

USC 66, SMU 65 - Elijah Stewart hit a late 3-pointer for No. 11 seed Southern California as the Trojans upset sixth seeded SMU 66-65 Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Juwan Evans scored 23 points to lead the 10th-seeded Cowboys (20-13), who finished the season with four consecutive losses.

Michigan State is 5-2 ATS in their last seven NCAA Tournament games, and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall.

The Spartans are a very risky team for being a ninth seed.

MI both scored and gave up 90 points in a NCAA Tournament game for the first time since defeating East Tennessee State 102-90 in 1992.

The ninth-seeded Spartans (20-14) trailed by as many 12 points in the first half before blitzing past the stunned Hurricanes (21-12) the rest of the way, using a 20-2 first half run to take control for good.

The Cardinals (25-8) have won five straight opening round games.

Miami will bring in the best recruiting class in school history on the heels of this year's class that previously was given that distinction.

Evans threw in a 3-pointer at the buzzer to make it a one-point loss for the Cowboys - which blew the cover from MI bettors, who were laying 2.5 points.

Jawun Evans led the Cowboys, almost posting a triple-double in a losing effort with 23 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds as OSU's first season under Brad Underwood came to an end.

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The win ensures top seeds will remain flawless since the tournament expanded, with the schools now 132-0 against No. 16 seeds. After the winning the 62-57 game against Syracuse in the first round of ACC tournament, they lost 78-53 to North Carolina in the quarterfinals.

The problem was that MI was scheduled to play its first tournament game the next day in DC at 12:20 p.m.

The SEC headed into the NCAA Tournament with an 8-10 record against ACC teams.

Oklahoma State shot almost 55 percent overall itself, led by an electric point guard in Juwan Evans, who finished with 23 points (10-26 FG), 12 assists and seven rebounds.

Ward made his first six shots and capped his night with a putback dunk in the closing minutes, and Joshua Langford added 13 points in a win that improved Izzo's record to 47-18 in the NCAA Tournament.

Cincinnati (30-5) was knocked out the first round a year ago and No. 6 seeds were 0-3 before the Bearcats took the floor, with Maryland, Creighton and SMU all losing to No. 11 seeds.

Venue: BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla.

Stewart had 22 points for the Trojans (26-9).

Arkansas 77, Seton Hall 71 - Jaylen Barford hit the go-ahead layup with 57.8 seconds left to help Arkansas hold off Seton Hall 77-71 on Friday in the first round of the South Region.

Michigan State is 6-1 ATS in its last seven games against Kansas.

Regardless of how Izzo feels about it, Michigan State's reputation as a giant killer in the postseason has been well earned over the years. The Spartans hope to make amends for last season's disappointment against a Miami team that has won at least one tournament game in its last three appearances.

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