COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Magic of Rick Majerus prevailed in the first round of the NCAA Tournament yet again on Wednesday night when his Saint Louis Billikens imposed their will over Memphis en route to a 61-54 victory in Columbus, Ohio. Memphis was athletic, but Michigan State presents a whole different type of monster.
"We've never played a team like them before," Billiken forward Brian Conklin noted. "Just like we never played a team like Memphis before. Coach has played teams like this. He's got a great scout for us."
Much like Saint Louis, Michigan State is as sound defensively as any team in the country.
The Spartans rank third in defensive efficiency and rank in the Top 25 in numerous categories, including two-point defense, three-point defense, and defensive rebounding percentage. But when you talk about Michigan State, you start with Draymond Green.
The 6-foot-7, 230 pound senior forward leads his team in points (16.1), rebounds (10.4), steals (1.5), and blocks (1.5). Wh...