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2019 Schedule
3-1, 1st in Big Ten
Loyer finishes through contact for and-1 (0:17)
Ward rises and flushes one-handed slam (0:15)
Tillman sends nice touch pass to Goins for dunk (0:19)
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Izzo says Ward's low ankle sprain not serious

Michigan State forward Nick Ward suffered a low ankle sprain in the first half of Wednesday night's game, but coach Tom Izzo doesn't "think it's anything serious."

Ward clears Enst's dunk attempt (0:19)

Izzo blasts 'stoppage of action,' blames NCAA

Tom Izzo has already had it with how college basketball is being officiated this season. And he doesn't blame the referees. "The poor officials are mandated," Izzo said. "... But the stoppage of action in that game made it the most boring game."

Ahrens hammers two-handed dunk (0:20)
Ward gets air and lays it in plus the foul (0:28)
FGCU's Cheatham ejected for flagrant 2 foul (0:58)
Ward throws it down on one-handed dunk (0:18)
Michigan State's great ball movement leads to 3 (0:24)
Ahrens tips it to himself, then lays it in (0:24)
Michigan State turns D into 3 (0:23)
Tillman crushes the rim (0:15)

Courtside: 'Champions Classic', Shaka Smart & Chris Beard

Before conversations with Texas HC Shaka Smart (24:03) and Texas Tech HC Chris Beard (37:48) about their expectations for the season, Seth Greenberg and Dan Dakich share their reactions to the "Champions Classic", including Duke's big win over Kentucky (1:45) as well as Kansas' nail-biter over Michigan State (13:29).

Kansas tops Michigan State in season opener (1:07)

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

FINAL: Kansas 92, Michigan State 87. Jayhawks struggled offensively late in the game, but they're further along in their development than Michigan State. Spartans looking for go-to-guys to emerge. Was impressed with Kenny Goins.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan State with 17 assists on 20 field goals -- but the Spartans can't get consistent stops on the defensive end and when they do, they're stagnating offensively. Kansas has gone into a bit of a lull the last few minutes, but Michigan State hasn't been able to truly take advantage. The Jayhawks keeping Spartans at an arm's length.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Numbers to know after the first half: Dedric Lawson finished 2-for-10 but grabbed 11 rebounds. Udoka Azubuike matched the entire Michigan State roster with 10 points in the paint. Nick Ward, the most important player on the roster, started 0-for-5. Bad first half for Michigan State.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

No. 1 Kansas drops 50 in its first half of action this season, up 14 on Michigan State. Ten different Jayhawks scored in the first 20 minutes. Spartans look like they're figuring things out, especially in terms of finding a go-to-guy. Kansas looking like a deep, balanced well-oiled machine already.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

When I talked to Udoka Azubuike over the summer, he told me that he learned a lot at his NBA workouts. Pro execs told him he could evolve into a Clint Capela-type if he expands his offense and proves he can consistently run the floor like other NBA bigs. He certainly looks the part tonight. His post game has definitely evolved since last season.

Team Stats

Points Per Game93.5
Rebounds Per Game46.8
Assists Per Game22.5
Points Allowed66.5Tied-100th

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Tournament History

Final Fours9
Tournament Record64-30
Championship Seasons1979, 2000
Tournament Appearances31