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...