Michigan State's 69-51 victory over Mississippi State sets the stage for a potential clash with No. 1 seed North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament's second round, with Tyson Walker leading with 19 points and the Spartans shooting 50% from the floor.

The Big Picture

The matchup presents a significant challenge for North Carolina against a seasoned Michigan State team with a strong tournament history under coach Tom Izzo.

By the Numbers
  • Michigan State shot 50% from the floor against Mississippi State.
  • Michigan State's 20th NCAA Tournament win as a lower-seeded team.
Yes, But

Despite being a No. 9 seed, Michigan State's experience and depth pose a threat to No. 1 seed North Carolina.

State of Play
  • Michigan State is set for a potential showdown with North Carolina in the second round.
  • The Spartans have demonstrated their potential with wins over strong teams like Baylor and Illinois.
What's Next

Michigan State's matchup with North Carolina will be a test of their maturity and offensive consistency as they aim to upset the top seed.

Bottom Line

Michigan State's victory positions them for a high-stakes showdown with North Carolina, showcasing their ability to challenge the tournament's top teams despite their seeding.