Two of the most successful programs in college basketball will go head-to-head in Tulsa, Okla., for a spot in the Sweet 16. It’s the Midwest’s No. 1 seed, Kansas (29-4) versus No. 9 Michigan State (20-14) at the BOK Center. The Spartans are 7-5 all-time against the Jayhawks. The two powerhouse programs last met in 2015, an MSU victory experienced by KU’s Frank Mason III, Devonte’ Graham, Svi Mykhailiuk, Landen Lucas and Carlton Bragg Jr.
Today's game officials: Gene Steratore, Jamie Luckie and Ray Natili.
Who is everyone's pick to have a good game tonight for KU? I'll go with Devonte Graham. I think these are the type of games that he usually plays his best. Spartans will do their best to limit Josh Jackson and Frank Mason's drives, which could open up shooting spots for Graham.
Both teams on the court for the final warmups. Michigan State certainly has the frontcourt talent and depth to give Kansas some trouble. Freshman center Nick Ward leads the country in fouls drawn.
Michigan State star Draymond Green in the house today. Appears he gave team a pregame speech.
Draymond Green had a quick chat with KU assistant coach Kurtis Townsend. Now sitting next to Tom Izzo as they watch Jayhawks warm up.
Still 8 minutes on pregame clock. So actual starting tip should be closer to 4:20.
Definitely a very heavy pro-KU crowd today.
Jayhawks run on the court with their "Create Yours" shirts on.
Michigan State runs on with its "Spartan Menality" shirts. Some boos from the pro-KU crowd.