In the upcoming Sweet 16 game in the East Region, the third-ranked Kansas State Wildcats (25-9) will play against the seventh-ranked Michigan State Spartans (21-12) on Thursday night. Michigan State is coached by Tom Izzo, who has brought the Spartans to the Sweet 16 for the 15th time in his career. During the regular season, they had an 11-8 record in the Big Ten and lost in the conference tournament quarterfinals to Ohio State. Nonetheless, they have won their first two games in the NCAA Tournament against Marquette and USC.
Michigan State is ranked 24th overall, with a defensive ranking of 32nd and an offensive ranking of 37th. They have a 17-16 record against the spread, and 16 of their games have gone over, while 17 have gone under. The Spartans are renowned as one of the most challenging teams in the country, ranking fifth in strength of schedule. They have defeated Kentucky, Villanova, and Oregon in non-conference play, but have lost to Alabama and Gonzaga.
The Spartans are a formidable three-point and free-throw shooting team, ranking third in the nation in three-point percentage (40.1%) and 29th in free-throw percentage (76.4%). Their leading scorers are upperclassmen Tyson Walker, Joey Hauser, and A.J. Hoggard.
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On the other hand, Kansas State is led by first-year head coach Jerome Tang, who previously served as an assistant for Baylor from 2003 to 2022. They went 11-7 in the Big 12 but lost to TCU in their first conference tournament game.
Kansas State is ranked 22nd overall, with a defensive ranking of 17th and an offensive ranking of 46th. Keyontae Johnson and Markquis Nowell are their top scorers, averaging over 17 points per game. The Wildcats have a 22-12 record against the spread, and 18 of their games have gone over, while 16 have gone under. They have a strength of schedule ranking of 21st and have won their first two games in the NCAA Tournament against Kentucky and Montana State.
Michigan State Spartans vs Kansas State Wildcats Game Information
- Date: 03/23/2023
- Time: 06:30 PM ET
- Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY.
- How to Watch Michigan State vs Kansas State : TBS
- Live Stream: CBS.com
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