The No. 5 seeded Michigan State Spartans have been known to play their best ball during the “big dance,” and this season hasn’t been any different.
After beating No. 9 seed Northern Iowa, 59-52, on Friday night in the Midwest Regional Semifinals, MSU is now one game away from reaching the “Final Four” for the sixth time in 12 years. Michigan State (27-8) will face No. 6 Tennessee on Sunday, March 28.
Beating Tennessee will be tough, but MSU has claimed their fair share of hard-fought victories, including a buzzer-beating win against Maryland last weekend. Friday night’s win against NIU (30-5) didn’t require a buzzer-beater, but it didn’t come easy, either.?
“I knew it would be just a gut-it-out game. I’m sure everybody predicted it,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. “That’s kind of enjoyable, to find a way. It’s somewhat more rewarding than the last two .”?
Michigan State was led by guard Durrell Summers, who finished with a game-high 19 points and seven rebounds. He was followed by guard Korie Lucious, who added 10 points, six rebounds and four assists.