LSJ columnist Graham Couch, Freep beat author Chris Solari and Freep columnist Shawn Windsor dig into all this MSU basketball
Graham Couch, Lansing State Journal
DES MOINES, Iowa – Break down Friday's eastern region Sweet 16 games between No. 2 Michigan State Basketball and No. 3 Louisiana State in the 2019 NCAA tournament:
Records: No. 2 seed Michigan State (30-6, 16-4 Big Ten); No. 3 LSU (28-6, 16-2 Southeastern Conference.
Quick facts: Friday (time / TV TBD), at Capital One Center, Washington, DC Winner playing next Sunday in Elite Eight against
Scoring: Tournament record: 67-31, 32 year (last appearance, 2018).
Scoring: Team (78.5 ppg); Cassius Winston (18.9); Nick Ward (13.7); Matt McQuaid (9,9); Xavier Tillman (9.8); Kenny Goins (8.1); Aaron Henry (5.6).
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Loss: Team (40.9); Goins (8,9); Tillman (7.2); Ward (6.2); Henry (3.8); Winston (3.2).  Assists / turnovers: Law (18.6 / 13.0); Winston (7.5 / 2.9); Goins (2.3 / 1.6); McQuaid (2.2 / 0.9) 3-pointer: Team (.381); Winston (77); McQuaid (68); Goins (52); Kyle Ahrens (20); Henry (12); Gabe Brown (12).
Last 10: 9-1.
Michigan State Aaron Henry (11) dunks against Minnesota during the first half of a second round NCAA tournament game in Des Moines, Iowa, Saturday March 23, 2019.
Overview: Spartans defeated 10-seed Minnesota 70-50 on Saturday night in Des Moines, Iowa, to advance to Tom Izzos 14th sweet 16 earlier 22 seasons. It's their first trip to the second weekend since the 2015 team went to the final four-race. Although the depth of the MSU has been tested with foot injuries holding Joshua Langford and Kyle Ahrens on the bench, the Spartans had six players between 9 and 13 points against Gophers. MSU outrebounded Minnesota, 42-19, and held Gophers to just 2 out of 22 shots from the 3-point range and 21.9 percent overall. However, turnover was once again an issue that the Spartans committed 22 leading to 26 Minnesota points, the highest total in both categories since a loss in Illinois on February 5 and their third 20-plus conversion game for the season. MSU averaged 10.8 giveaways in its over eight games, including a season-low six against Michigan on February 24 and nine in every two matches.
Tournament record: 26-24, 22 years (last appearance, 2015).
Scoring: Team (80.9 ppg); Tremont Waters (15.0); Nazi Reid (13.7); Skylar Mays (13,6); Javonte Smart (11.4); Kavell Bigby-Williams (7.8).
Loss: Team (38.9); Reid (7.2); Bigby-Williams (6,7); Emmitt Williams (5.4); Darius Days (4.0).
Assists / turnovers: Team (13.1 / 13.1); Water (5.9 / 3.5); Smart (2.4 / 1.9); Mays (2.1 / 1.2). 3 Pointers: Team (.320); Mays (54); Water (52); Smart (41); Reid (28); Days (25); Marlon Taylor (15).
Last 10: 8-2.
Overview: No team entered the NCAA tournament in a more uncertain position than the Tigers, whose head coach Will Wade was interrupted indefinitely after being linked to FBI wiretaps in corruption in college basketball. Wade allegedly refused to talk to school officials since the suspension was filed on March 8 after LSU won the SEC season championship. The Tigers beat Vanderbilt and then lost to Florida in the conference tournament during temporary coach Tony Benford and then pulled two close wins in the first two rounds in Jacksonville, Florida – 79-74 over 14-seed Yale on Thursday and then eching out a 69 -67 victory over 6-seed Maryland on a Waters driving layup with 1.6 seconds to play. The Tigers advanced even though they only shot 36.9 percent against Terrapins and made only 7 out of 24 3-point attempts while they were equipped with 42-34. Mays, a 6-4 junior guard, scored 16 in 4 out of 12 shots, while 6-10 freshman Waters scored 13 points and 5-11 sophomore Guard Waters scored 12 points. LSU went eight players deep into the game, each playing 12 or more minutes.
Select: MSU 73, LSU 69