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Michigan State men’s basketball moved up four spots to the No. 6 position after wins against Rutgers Feb. 20, and now No. 9 Michigan Feb. 24. The team holds an overall record of 23-5, and a Big Ten record of 14-3, keeping the top ten ranking for the second week in a row.
Cassius Winston has struggled in this rivalry throughout his career. In his first four meetings against the Wolverines, the junior point guard posted a record of 1-3.
A Critical Switch
With foul trouble and general exhaustion themes throughout, No. 10 Michigan State (23-5, 14-3 Big Ten) could not play their ideal brand of track meet basketball Sunday afternoon at Crisler Center. However, tough defense, late shot-clock offense, and the heroics of junior point guard Cassius Winston led the Spartans to a victory over No. 7 Michigan (24-4, 13-4 Big Ten), 77-70. The victory snapped a three-game losing streak in the rivalry for the Spartans.
Wednesday night against Rutgers, we got a look at Michigan State’s first lineup of the season without both junior forward Nick Ward (out indefinitely with a hairline fracture in his hand) and junior shooting guard Joshua Langford (out for the season with a stress fracture in his foot). All of a sudden, a team that was somewhat deep at the beginning of the season was real, real thin.
The Big Ten season has in many ways all been a prelude to Sunday. That afternoon, No. 10 Michigan State (22-5, 13-3 in Big Ten) will travel the hour down the road to Ann Arbor, to take on No. 7 Michigan (24-3, 13-3 in Big Ten) in the first of two regular season matchups between the two instate rivals this season.
Who: No. 10 Michigan State (22-5, 13-3 Big Ten) at No. 7 Michigan (24-3, 13-3).
It's a matchup that's been almost a year in the making.
With 8:50 left in Wednesday night’s game, junior point guard Cassius Winston took a ball screen into the right corner with five seconds remaining on the shot clock.
Things weren't going Michigan State's way Wednesday, nearly sending the Spartans into upset alert.
There’s no such thing as a normal day for Xavier Tillman, especially not Valentine’s Day.
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo met with reporters Monday to preview Wednesday night’s Rutgers game. The main topic was the left hand of junior forward Nick Ward, broken in Sunday’s win over Ohio State. Ward underwent surgery Sunday night and will be re-evaluated on a weekly basis, but seems likely to miss significant time.
Michigan State men's basketball moves up one spot to No. 10 after their wins against Wisconsin Feb. 12 and Ohio State Feb. 17. The team holds an overall record of 21-5, and redeemed their spot back in the top ten.
Junior point guard Cassius Winston checked out of Sunday afternoon's game with Michigan State's future still unknown.
Nick Ward's season may be in jeopardy.
Watch Michigan State players break down what went right in the 11th-ranked Spartans' 62-44 win over Ohio State at the Breslin Center on Sunday. The Spartans held OSU to a season-best 13 points in the second half.
In one of the ugliest performances of the season, No. 11 Michigan State (21-5, 12-3 Big Ten) survived an upset bid from the tough Ohio State Buckeyes (16-9, 6-8 Big Ten), 62-44. Senior guard Matt McQuaid led the Spartans with 14 points, including two big shots during the run that decided the game.
Who: Ohio State (16-8, 6-7 Big Ten) at No. 11 Michigan State (20-5, 10-3 Big Ten)
With Ohio State coming to the Breslin Center on Sunday, the Buckeyes may be looking at a season sweep at the hands of Michigan State.
Senior forward Kenny Goins — playing with a massive brace on his left elbow after a fall Saturday afternoon — made the back-breaking three with 0:36 left, and No. 11 Michigan State survived a tough road night against No. 20 Wisconsin, 67-59. Junior point guard Cassius Winston led the Spartans with 23, but it was the team's defense that prevailed.