Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 11/18/14
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- It must be spring. The Blackbirds are chirping. The Long Island University Blackbirds, that is. Syracuse was in danger Thursday against North Carolina-Asheville of becoming the first No. 1 seed to lose to a 16 seed in the NCAA tournament before rallying late to survive and advance. Michigan State will take the floor at Nationwide Arena sometime after 9 p.m. ET on Friday, hoping not to make history either. The Spartans are the top seed in the West Region and open against a team, Long Island, that some think doesnt look like a 16 seed. One thing is certain -- the Blackbirds dont sound like a 16. Theres a little swagger there. We run and gun, said forward Julian Boyd, LIUs leading scorer. We run fast. Thats what we do. I dont think we are your typical 16 seed. I think were a better team than you see as a typical 16 seed. And then he delivered a statement that likely caught the attention of the favored Spartans. I feel its a much better matchup than if we got a...
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