Then, he made a decision to come back for his sophomore season, making the Spartans an early favorite to cut the nets down in April. Syracuse will move on to play second-seeded Duke in the Sweet 16.
No. 3 seed Michigan State led for most of the game, but the No. 11 seed Orange took the lead for good with just more than 4 minutes to play on Marek Dolezaj's two free throws. Once the Spartans inbounded it, the Orange immediately fouled, and that led to CBS analyst Jim Spanarkel talking about how Boeheim told him previously "I always foul".
Already with limited scorers on the roster, Syracuse was dealt a blow when Frank Howard (13 points) fouled out of the game with over six minutes remaining. No Spartan has more than 6 points and the team is shooting just 28 percent from the floor at the break.
Syracuse shot just 1-of-8 from the 3-point line but held Michigan State to 25.8 percent overall. Defensively, Duke is holding their opponents to an average of 69.3 ppg on 40.2% shooting from the field. Of course, the road doesn't get any easier for Syracuse.
Playing in his hometown with a chance to add another highlight-reel shot to this year's NCAA Tournament, Cassius Winston missed an opportunity to win the game for the third-seeded Spartans with a shot from about 45 feet just before the buzzer.
The first half was Syracuse's kind of game.More news: United flight diverted because pet 'mistakenly' put on plane
The talented duo are obviously upset following the team's NCAA Tournament loss.
It was a disappointing end to the season for Michigan State, which played hard on defense but simply couldn't hit its shots.
At the half, Michigan State led by a score of 25-22. Even that was less-than-smooth. Syracuse has been one of the worst offensive teams in the country, but they beat Arizona State and TCU by holding them to nearly 30 points under their per game averages. The shot was well left of the rim but banked off the backboard and through the net. The Orange will face No. 3 seed Michigan State, which defeated No. 14 Bucknell 82-78 in the second round on Sunday afternoon at Detroit's Little Caesars Arena. Michigan State's 37 3-point attempts was a testament to that.
Syracuse took the lead for the first time in the second half with 4:22 left. The Spartans are 3 for 17 from the field.
Michigan State is still trying to find the soft spots in Syracuse's zone. The Spartans were up 7-6 nearly six minutes in.