Michigan State Escapes Maryland With Korie Lucious' Buzzer-Beating Three

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Checking In With Fans On Both Sides After Wild Maryland-Michigan State Finish

Of all the great things SB Nation's vast collection of team blogs do, one of their more remarkable features are the posts that come immediately after games. Being able to encapsulate the raw emotions that follow a particularly joyous win or difficult loss is not easy, but many of our blogs do it quite well, often within just minutes of the game going final.

Sunday's Michigan State-Maryland game and its epic finish was a perfect example from both sides.

First, from Testudo Times, our Maryland blog, which couldn't muster the strength to post a recap. Instead, they'll just say goodbye to the Terps' seniors.

This wasn't how it was supposed to end. Not like this. Not this way. It was supposed to be banners and happiness and joy and a return to an elite level. Instead, there's an empty place in every fan's heart where the Greivis Vasquez Moment is supposed to be. It was almost there, but anytime we think of it, we will think of the ensuing shot.

But that is unfair to Greivis' legacy. He was an amazing player, a great player, one of the best Maryland has ever seen. And that is how he should be remembered, not like this.

The same goes for Eric Hayes and Landon Milbourne, albeit on a different level. They are all Terps, but Greivis is a special one.

But ignoring the recap hasn't done much to stop the hurt ...

I'm in shock. You are too. I'm not going to post the recap. I'm probably not crawling out of bed tomorrow morning. I've been through too much to let this one go easily. I fully expect about 200 hits tomorrow, and that's okay. Maryland never gave up, and for that they should be credited. But this one will hurt more than any since Gone in :54. Maybe more.

I'd encourage all Maryland fans to head over to Testudo Times, and commiserate with fellow fans. Yes, there's a Support Group Open Thread.

Meanwhile, at The Only Colors, SB Nation's Michigan State blog, the mood is slightly different.





Michigan State 85, Maryland 83: Korie Lucious' Buzzer-Beater Devastates Terps

For more, check out our Michigan State blog, The Only Colors, and our Maryland blog, Testudo Times.

Spokane, WA (Sports Network) - Korie Lucious hit a three-pointer from the top of the arc just before the buzzer sounded to give Michigan State an 85-83 win over Maryland in the second round of the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament.

Lucious' layup with 2:09 remaining appeared to give Michigan State (26-8) a comfortable 80-71 lead before Maryland (24-9) came back with a vengeance. Greivis Vasquez got the Terrapins going with a three-point play and steal that led to a layup by Sean Mosley to make it an 80-76 game with 1:48 left.

MSU was unable to handle Maryland's trapping defense and Vasquez drained a corner three to cut the deficit to one. Following a Delvon Roe turnover, Vasquez again stepped up and hit a short jumper to put the Terps ahead 81-80 with 39 seconds to play, but Draymond Green answered with a bucket to put the Spartans back in front with 22 seconds left.

Vasquez again gave his squad the lead after hitting another short jumper with 6.6 seconds left before the exciting finish. MSU went the length of the floor and got the ball to Lucious on the right side. After one dribble he squared up from the top of the arc and nailed the game-winner.

The Spartans will now face No. 9 seed Northern Iowa in the regional semifinals in St. Louis on Friday.


NCAA Tournament Preview: Michigan State And Maryland Lock Metaphorical Horns

With giant-killer Northern Iowa waiting in the Sweet Sixteen, Michigan State and Maryland look to make it out of Spokane. The game promises to be a tough, physical contest, befitting both schools and their elite coaches.

The Only Colors, our Michigan State blog, finds the matchup challenging but not impossible for their Spartans:

The Terps will look to push the ball, as they do much of their damage on the fast break.  Their adjusted tempo--70.1, 56th nationally--reflects that preference.  MSU, of course, is better equipped to play an uptempo game than most of our Big Ten brethren, but we struggled mightily on Friday when New Mexico State cranked up the tempo.  The biggest key to the game for us is the same as ever: dominate the rebounding battle and capitalize on our second chances.

For our purposes, we'll assume that the effort will be there (if it's not there with a chance to go to the round of sixteen, then, um, I don't know what to tell you . . . ), but MSU should have the opportunity to rebound lots of its own misses.  However, it's just as important to keep Maryland off the offensive glass: while the Terps are a poor defensive rebounding team, their 35.7% OR% is certainly respectable.

My anxiety about this game has roughly quadrupled since we learned earlier today that Chris Allen may be in worse shape than any of us expected.  We missed him desperately against Minnesota; Maryland is a much better team than the Gophers are, and Allen is the ideal prospect to guard the Terps' best player.  Fingers crossed for a quick recovery.

KenPom, fickle mistress that he is, predicts a 75-71 Maryland victory.  The winner gets Northern Iowa, who had a bit of an exciting Saturday, as you might have heard.  While UNI is playing fantastic basketball and will be a highly formidable opponent for either team, it's impossible not to think that Kansas's loss has blown the bracket wide open.  As Wojo wrote earlier tonight, MSU is now presented, all of a sudden, with a tremendous chance to make more noise in this tournament than was previously thought possible.  Here's hoping that this team can join the ranks of great MSU teams of the past that saw similar opportunities, and seized them.

Testudo Times also sees an inherent advantage for the Terps:


Actually, Maryland has a pretty sizable advantage over MSU when you look at it statistically. Their offensive efficiency is much better, and their defensive efficiency is comparable. Their eFG% rates, on both offense and defense, are better. Their TO% rates, on both offense and defense, are better.

The problem comes, unsurprisingly, on the boards, where Michigan State holds a decisive advantage. Maryland has battled against that all year, and you can bet they're not looking forward to it again. Limiting second chances for Michigan State will be key.

The Sports Network preview is here. The game should tip off around 2:30 EDT, and you can watch it on CBS or CBS' March Madness On Demand.

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