After a thorough butt-kicking of UC Davis in the round of 64, the No. 1-seeded Kansas Jayhawks (29-4, 16-2 Big 12) now turn their focus to a familiar foe — the 9th-seeded Michigan State Spartans (20-14, 10-8 Big Ten).
As part of the annual Champions Classic, the Jayhawks and Spartans have squared off every other year for the past five seasons. In fact, these two programs have met each other five of the last eight seasons, including twice in 2008-2009.
The Spartans come in off a pretty convincing win themselves. After falling down 17-5 in the first half to Miami, MSU stormed back and ended up winning 78-58. This isn’t the typical Tom Izzo team, as the Spartans are very young, starting four freshmen. MSU has had an up-and-down season to say the least, as a preseason-top 15 team finished middle of the pack in the Big Ten. It was the first time …
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