Friday night, after his ninth-seeded Spartans knocked off Miami to advance to Sunday's second-round showdown with top-seeded Kansas, Izzo was asked about facing Kansas and referred, without hesitation, to Self as a friend.
The SEC headed into the NCAA Tournament with an 8-10 record against ACC teams.
Jeffrey Carroll, a breakout player for the Cowboys in his redshirt junior season, scored 19.
It looked like that streak might end Friday after Oklahoma State opened the second half on a 12-5 run to take a 52-46 lead.
Louisville has taken a 36-28 halftime lead over MI by hitting 3-pointers - something the Wolverines usually do.
The Cowboys never led again.
"He's a heck of a point guard", said teammate Zak Irvin, who scored 16. We've played each other in the NCAA tournament. "A lot of teams had us down ... we know how to play with adversity". If Cassius Winston plays like he did on Friday night, MSU has a legitimate shot to win this game.
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.
No. 9 Michigan State stormed back to beat No. 8 Miami, 78-58 - Miles Bridges left mouths on the floor with thunderous slams and an ability to hit long-range shots. Ultimately, however, Denzel Valentine took over down the stretch, scoring 16 of his 29 points in the final 8:32 and recording a massive 29-12-12 triple-double. In the opening seven minutes, the Hurricanes had 10 points off turnovers.
Unless Evans was fouled on the play, there was no way the shot made a huge difference ... except to a bunch of people who happened to bet on the game. But he had 19 points by halftime in this one, helping the Tar Heels (28-7) quickly eliminate any chance of an unprecedented upset. They've lost 3 of their last 4 games coming in and couldn't buy a basket at the start of the game - they fell behind by 12 points before the 7 minute mark. Freshman Nick Ward adds 13.7 points and 6.5 boards per game.
SMU's Shake Milton missed a floater at the buzzer. Stewart led the way with 22 points. As March Madness continues, we're seeing more and more intensity in the matchups - and tonight, with a trip to the Sweet Sixteen on the line, these two teams will be fighting as hard as ever. They shot 4-14 the reminder of the first half.
Said Graham: "It might be a track meet, because they like to play fast and we like to play fast".
Oklahoma State's Jawun Evans hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer against MI to cover the points spread in Las Vegas. The Aggies made 6 of 14 3-pointers before the break to counter Baylor's 55 percent shooting.
The Nittany Lions extended the lead as freshman Denis Smirnov skated through the right slot and fed a backhand pass across ice to find classmate Nate Sucese for the backdoor tap-in at 13:24 for the 2-0 lead.
John Beilein was livid with his senior point guard early in the second half.
Derrick Walton Jr. led MI with 26 points, 11 assists and five rebounds and helped lead the team to a blistering shooting day from beyond the arc in the second half. "It's Kansas vs. Michigan State".
The win came a year after the Spartans suffered a shocking first-round NCAA Tournament loss as a No. 2 seed, and after they trailed 17-5 early in the game.