Time is right for Wolverines to take their shot at Spartans


Time is right for Wolverines to take their shot at Spartans

Izzo said his team had four goals heading into the game and one was guarding the ball screen. Booth and Brunson opened the game with threes and the Wildcats played every bit as worthy as their ranking as they raced to a 22-9 lead.

Rutgers pushed MSU to a tightly contested 10-point victory in Piscataway a month ago, and Steve Pikiell's team gave the Spartans all it could handle again tonight.

MSU entered allowing teams to shoot only 34.5 percent from the floor.

“Its going to be tough for me to live this down, ” said Bridges, who will not play the Wolverines again unless they meet in the Big Ten or NCAA Tournaments — if the sophomore star enters the National Basketball Association draft as expected.

With people questioning how the Spartans, who were flat out outplayed in Columbus, would respond to a lesser opponent in Rutgers, their first half showing didn't offer much clarity. After averaging 7.7 points in 2016-17, the 6-foot-8, 230-pounder is scoring 16 points a game.

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Miles Bridges was held scoreless at the intermission, going 0-for-3 in 13 minutes of work. On Saturday, point guard Cassius Winston had four turnovers and two assists.

Matthews, a transfer from the University of Kentucky, takes the most shots per game of any other Wolverine and has scored in double figures in each of his last eight games.

"I'm disappointed to play this way against your rival and to watch Wagner celebrate on the court", Izzo said. "He's gonna give me some and I'm gonna show him how to be more of a jerk". "I think this is obviously an example though, when you talk about the depth of the Big Ten". Smith had nine points and eight rebounds. The Spartans have been careless with the ball this season, averaging 13.7 turnovers a game, which is just slightly below the 14.3 takeaways MI gets per game.

Wagner is ready to take on the role of a villain at the Breslin Center, where fans will jeer and taunt him along with the rest of his teammates. Brodziansky led TCU with 14 points in the first half as the Horned Frogs shot 53 percent. Sanders hit a jumper with 1:01 left to put Rutgers ahead 59-58, and that's how it stayed until the final 10 seconds.

Sanders had the ball in his hands and a chance to win it in regulation, but the Spartans walled off his drive and he missed a long two-pointer with two hands in his face as time expired.

Donte Grantham had 18 points, and Mark Donnal had 12 points, including two critical second-half 3s, as the No. 19 Tigers outlasted the 18th-ranked Hurricanes in Clemson, S.C.

"I just wanted to help my team win when I shot that", Langford said. "That made us nervous then (after the turnovers) on what he was going to do".

NORMAN, Okla. - Trae Young scored 29 of his 43 points after halftime, and had 11 rebounds and seven assists. Our guys played with heart and poise and the whole thing.

Michigan State's loss leaves the Spartans (16-3, 4-2) in a third-place tie in the Big Ten, two games in the loss column behind both Purdue and Ohio State.



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