MSU basketball beats Mississippi State in NCAA tourney: 3 quick takes

1. The MSU backcourt we saw Thursday can take the Spartans places

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Just when you come to grips with the idea that this Michigan State basketball team isn’t long for March, they pull you back in with a performance like that.

The Michigan State backcourt we saw Thursday afternoon can beat some people. Maybe even North Carolina. They’ll likely get their shot on Saturday after dominating just about wire to wire in a 69-51 win over Mississippi State in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Here’s the combined line for Tyson Walker, Jaden Akins and A.J. Hoggard: 42 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists, five turnovers, five steals.

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