8) Marquette vs 9) Michigan State
March 16, 2007
* Under Tom Izzo in the NCAA Tournament, Michigan State has held six opponents to less than 50 points. The list includes Oklahoma (54-46 in 1999 round of eight), Valparaiso (65-38 in 2000 round of 64), Wisconsin (53-41 in 2000 Final Four), Alabama State (69-35 in 2001 round of 64), Florida (68-46 in the 2003 round of 16) and now Marquette (61-49 in 2007 round of 64). The 35 points by Alabama State are the fewest by any team in the NCAA Tournament since 2000.
* Michigan State improves to 23-11 and advances to play the winner of North Carolina and Eastern Kentucky in the second round on Saturday at Joel Coliseum.
* Marquette sees its season end at 24-10 and is the first higher seed (#8) in this year's tournament (through 10 completed games) to lose to a lower seed. #6 Duke lost to #11 VCU moments after the completion of the contest in Winston-Salem.
* Michigan State improves to 41-19 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and 16-5 in first round games. The Spartans are making their 10th straight NCAA Tournament appearance, the second-longest streak in Big Ten history and the fifth-longest active streak in the nation. Only four schools have an active streak longer than Michigan State's: Arizona (23), Kansas (18), Kentucky (16) and Duke (12).
* Spartan coach Tom Izzo runs his career NCAA Tournament record to 24-8. Among active coaches, his 75.0 winning percentage ranks third behind only Duke's Mike Krzyzewski and Louisville's Rick Pitino. Izzo's career record improves to 278- 120 in 12 years in East Lansing.
* Marquette is eliminated from the NCAA Tournament in the first round for the fourth time in its last five appearances. The exception was its 2003 run to the Final Four. The Eagles are now 32-26 in 27 all-time NCAA Tournament appearances.
* Golden Eagle coach Tom Crean sees his record fall to 165-86 through eight years in Milwaukee and his NCAA Tournament record slip to 4-4 overall.
* Michigan State guard Drew Neitzel finished with 12 points to become the 37th player in Spartan history to reach the 1,000 point plateau. Neitzel scored in double figures for the 32nd time in 34 games this season and the 48th time in his career.
* Michigan State forward Marquise Gray scored in double figures for the 9th time this season and the first time since January 20th at Penn State. He had 12 points.
* Michigan State forward Raymar Morgan scored in double figures for the 21st time this season. He finished with 14 points.
* Marquette did not score until the 10:20 mark of the first half. At that point, Michigan State led 14-0.
* Michigan State center Idong Ibok left the game with 6:37 remaining in the first half with an arm injury.
* Michigan State led at the half, 30-18. The Spartans entered the game with a 16-1 record when leading at intermission while the Golden Eagles were 1-8 when trailing. Marquette's largest halftime deficit of the season was nine, vs. Providence on January 3rd. Tonight, the Eagles trailed by 12 at the half.
* Oddly enough, the Golden Eagles did not make a two-point field goal in the first half. They hit four three-pointers and six free throws, but no field goals from inside the arc. Marquette's first two-point field goal (and its first points in the paint) came at the 18:12 mark of the second half.
* Marquette guard Dominic James scored in double figures for the 25th time in 34 games. He finished with 18 points.
* Marquette posted season lows in the following categories: points (49), field goals (15), first half points (18) and tied a season-low for assists (7). It was not their worst shooting performance of the season, though. The Golden Eagles shot 29.2 percent in a win against Idaho State early in the year. Tonight, they shot 31.9 percent.
* Prior to this game, Marquette's largest deficit at any point this season was 18 vs. Georgetown on February 10. Michigan State led Marquette by as many as 20.