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Live updates: Michigan State vs. Syracuse in NCAA Tournament

March 18, 2018 GMT

The NCAA Tournament doesn’t offer a lot of time for preparation. It’s a circumstance that has suited Michigan State in the past.

The Spartans are 21-5 under head coach Tom Izzo in the second game of an NCAA Tournament weekend, a situation they find themselves in Sunday when they take on Syracuse (22-13) in a Round of 32 game at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.

Tip-off is at about 2:40 p.m.

Michigan State, the No. 3 seed in the Midwest Region, advanced with an 82-78 victory over No. 14 seed Bucknell on Friday night, while Syracuse is playing its third game in the tournament already, having ousted Arizona State (60-56) in the play-in game, and TCU (57-52) in the Round of 64 on Friday night.

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The Spartans, who have won 14 of their last 15 games, will have to contend with the Orange’s vaunted zone defense, which is yielding just 63.9 points per game. That ranks 12th nationally.

Michigan State (30-4), meanwhile, averages 81 points per game, and its plus-15.8 scoring margin ranks fourth in country.

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Michigan State vs. Syracuse

Tip-off: 2:40 p.m. Sunday, Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

TV/radio: CBS/760 AM

Records: No. 3 seed Michigan State 30-4; No. 11 seed Syracuse 22-13

Next up: Winner advances to Sweet 16 in Omaha, Neb.

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