NCAA Tournament TV Show: Wojo, Niyo break down MSU-UM’s bracket
Bob Wojonowski and John Niyo take a look at the opening NCAA tournament games for Michigan State and Michigan.
The Detroit News
Michigan State takes 11-point lead into halftime
Malik Hall hits a free throw out of the break to complete the and-1 and put Michigan State up 29-21.
Jaime Jaquez gets UCLA back on the board with a layup before Aaron Henry drills a 3 moments later to push the lead to 9.
Then it’s Gabe Brown knocking down a 3 in his defender’s face to give the Spartans their biggest lad of the game.
UCLA timeout: Michigan State 35, UCLA 23 (4:23 1st)
Jules Benard makes a 3-pointer to stop the bleeding a bit, but Julius Marble answers with a layup on the other end. Spartans lead by 11.
Joey Hauser hits a 3-pointer of his own to give Michigan State a 14-point lead, which Bernard answers with a 3-point play on the other end.
Jaquez makes a jumper; Gabe Brown puts through a couple of free throws to make it 42-31.
Both teams have trouble finding the hoops on the next few possessions, but Marble hits a layup for Michigan State with 23 seconds left. Jaquez gets a shot off before the buzzer and sinks it to end the half.
HALFTIME: Michigan State 44, UCLA 33
Spartans finding groove as first half rolls on
Cody Riley hits a layup for UCLA out of the break to make it 19-17, Spartans.
Rocket Watts hits a 3-pointer, then makes a layup, and forces UCLA to call timeout.
UCLA timeout: Michigan State 24, UCLA 17 (8:47 1st)
Aaron Henry nails a jumper out of the break to extend the lead to 9, which Riley promptly puts back to 7 with a jumpshot.
Johnny Juzang and Malik Hall trade buckets before another TV timeout.
Media timeout: Michigan State 28, UCLA 21 (7:02 1st)
Mid-range game keeps Spartans on top in first half
Malik Hall gets called for a foul inside, and Jaime Jaquez hits 1 of 2 at the line. It’s 9-8, Spartans.
Jacquez continues to work inside, this time getting a bucket without getting fouled to give UCLA its first lead of the game, 10-9.
Marcus Bingham hits two free throws to go back on top before Joey Hauser makes a layup to put it back to 13-10, Spartans.
David Singleton makes a 3 to tie the game at 13.
Bingham and Johnny Juzang trade buckets inside to make it 15-all.
Josh Langford and Joey Hauser nail back-to-back jumpshots for the Spartans to give Michigan State a 4-point lead with just over 10 minutes to go.
Media timeout: Michigan State 19, UCLA 15 (10:02 1st)
Michigan State offense off to hot start vs. UCLA
Aaron Henry gets the first bucket of the game, a deep 3 that gives the Spartans the first lead of the game. Johnny Juzang answers with a 2-point jumper on the other end.
Henry and the Spartans get back to work with a nice dish to Julius Marble that earns 2, a drive to the lane by Rocket Watts that gets 2 more, and a jumpshot by Julius Marble that puts the Spartans up 9-2 fairly quickly.
Jaime Jaquez hits a 3 and a 2 on consecutive possessions to stop the bleeding.
Media timeout: Michigan State 9, UCLA 7 (15:58 1st)
Can Michigan State go from First Four to Final Four? The Spartans will begin to answer that question Thursday night.
Michigan State takes on UCLA in an NCAA Tournament play-in game Thursday night at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Indiana. Tipoff is scheduled for 9:57 p.m., and will be televised on TBS.
The Spartans (15-12) needed a late-season flourish to make it this far, winning five of their last seven regular-season games — three coming against foes ranked in the top five nationally. Michigan State stumbled in the second round of the Big Ten tournament, losing to Maryland, 67-58.
UCLA (17-9), meanwhile, enters the tournament on a four-game losing skid, including an 83-79 overtime loss to Oregon State in the Pac-12 tournament.
Follow along here for live updates from Detroit News contributor Nolan Bianchi.
Our special thanks to:detroitnews.com