Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 18, 2018 at 5:25 pm Contact Matthew: firstname.lastname@example.org | @MatthewGut21 Comments DETROIT — Syracuse will keep on dancing.Even without its starting point guard over the final 6:39, Syracuse went on a big run to close out the game and beat No. 3 seed Michigan State on Sunday afternoon at Little Caesars Arena.Less than 48 hours after playing lockdown defense against high-powered No. 6 seed Texas Christian, Syracuse (23-13, 8-10 Atlantic Coast) beat No. 3 seed Michigan State (30-5, 16-2 Big 10), 55-53. A ferocious defensive effort by SU sent the Orange to the Sweet 16 in Omaha, Nebraska, next week.The Spartans entered the season ranked No. 2 in the AP Top 25, has never been ranked lower than No. 9 and has been ranked outside the top-five for just two all weeks all season. MSU ended the year ranked No. 5 and, by some accounts, should have received an even higher seed than No. 3.But Syracuse’s strong defense prevailed. Tyus Battle led the Orange with 17 points and Oshae Brissett added 15 in the win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHere are three quick takeaways from the game.Key stretchSyracuse went off on a 7-0 run over a 1:20 period late in the game, even with starting junior point guard Frank Howard out because he picked up his fifth personal foul on a questionable 50-50 ball near midcourt. MSU didn’t make a single field goal over the final 5:40 of game time.Brissett worked chaos way inside a crowd of white jerseys and converted a layup. Marek Dolezaj made two free throws. Former-walk on Braedon Bayer held his own at the top of the 2-3 zone and defense to keep SU in the contest and keep dancing on.Meat and potatoesAt points, Michigan State’s 21 second-chance points sucked the life out of Syracuse, elongated possessions and gave the mostly MSU-backed arena something to cheer about. The deep, well-balanced MSU offense had trouble all game against SU’s 2-3 zone. But collecting offensive boards — sometimes three on a single time down the floor — provided ample opportunities to maintain a lead until the closing minutes.The Spartans front line is no taller than that of Syracuse, but they are muscular and physical inside. They crashed the glass hard. But Syracuse’s defense mounted nearly every Spartan first-chance and maintained the gridlock defense that powered it past high-powered offenses in Arizona State, Texas Christian and now Michigan State.Twenty-six offensive rebounds weren’t enough for the Spartans because SU’s defense didn’t allow space and forced MSU to shoot 17-for-66 from the field.Brissett vs. BridgesArguably the two most talented players on the court, MSU sophomore Miles Bridges and SU freshman Oshae Brissett, matched up in several one-on-one situations. Both clearly indicated they were the alpha male of their respective team. Brissett took command of the SU offense, knocking down contested shots and maneuvering inside.With just over a minute left, Brissett grabbed a defensive rebound to set up a Battle step-back jumper that pushed SU’s lead to three. Brissett also had nine rebounds and played the whole game.
Draymond Green talking Devin Booker on @NBAonTNT: “Get my man out of Phoenix. It’s not good for him, it’s not good for his career. I need my man to go somewhere he can play great basketball all the time, and win.”Ernie Johnson: “Are you tampering?’Draymond: “Maybe” pic.twitter.com/vTUn4pK3iq— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) August 7, 2020From the NBA:”The NBA announced today that it has fined Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors $50,000 for violating the league’s anti-tampering rule. The fine is in response to statements Green made as an analyst on TNT on August 7 regarding the Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker. As announced prior to the start of the 2019-20 season, the NBA has adopted a stricter enforcement approach for conduct relating to tampering, salary cap circumvention, and free agency timing rules, including with respect to the rule prohibiting player-to-player tampering.”MORE: How to become a virtual fan, land on video board during 2020 NBA restartGreen started by praising Booker and the Suns for their undefeated start in the NBA bubble but later added, “but get my man out of Phoenix.””It’s not good for him. It’s not good for his career,” Green said. “… They gotta get Book out of Phoenix. I need my man to go somewhere where he can play great basketball all the time and win, because he’s that type of player.”Green was asked by TNT’s Ernie Johnson whether he thought his comments were tampering, and Green responded, “Maybe.” The NBA was not happy with Warriors forward Draymond Green for suggesting Suns guard Devin Booker should request a trade out of Phoenix.The league on Sunday fined Green $50,000 for tampering after the comments he made Friday as a guest analyst on TNT’s “Inside the NBA.” The NBA said his remarks violated the league’s anti-tampering rule. The NBA has decided that they were.Booker is under contract with the Suns through the 2023-24 season. The 23-year-old, who averages 26.4 points per game this season, signed a five-year, $158 million extension with the team in July 2018.Phoenix, which has not reached the postseason in 10 years, is a half-game behind the Trail Blazers for the No. 9 seed in the Western Conference.