#25 Michigan State Falls 67-60 To #9 Maryland Official Game Thread

Hondo S. Carpenter

Breslin Center

East Lansing, MI

The #25 Michigan State Spartans are 17-8 (9-5) and will return to the hard-court today, in East Lansing at the Breslin Center. They will be taking on the #9 Maryland Terrapins. It can be seen on ESPN at 6:00 PM ET. ESPN Gameday will be on location that morning.

Below are five quick points about the game courtesy of MSU super basketball SID Mex Carey:

1. Series History

Michigan State leads the all-time series with Maryland, 9-5 ... The Spartans have won six of the last seven games against the Terrapins ... Tom Izzo is 8-5 in his career against Maryland ... The two teams have met just four times in East Lansing, with MSU winning the last three games ... The teams played only once last year, a 69-55 MSU win on Jan. 21.

2. Tillman’s Late Dunk Lifts Michigan State Past No. 22 Illinois

Xavier Tillman scored a put-back dunk with 6.6 seconds left to lift the Spartans over No. 22 Illinois, 70-69, in a Big Ten men’s basketball game inside State Farm Arena late Tuesday evening ... Rocket Watts led four Spartans in double figures with a career-high 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting, while Tillman added 17 points, 12 rebounds and three assists, sophomore Aaron Henry finished with 13 points and three rebounds and senior guard Cassius Winston added 12 points and two assists.

3. About the Spartans

Senior guard Cassius Winston leads MSU, and ranks third in the Big Ten, in scoring, averaging 18.3 points per game … Winston is also fourth in the league in assists (5.7 apg), first in free throw percentage, connecting on 86.0 percent of his shots (92-of-107), 10th in field goal percentage (42.4%), third in 3-point percentage (38.6%) and tied for second in steals (1.3 spg) ... Junior forward Xavier Tillman is second on the team with 13.6 points per game (T14th in the Big Ten) and tops the team (2nd in the Big Ten) with 10.2 rebounds per game, while adding 3.1 assists (13th in the Big Ten) per game and 2.1 blocks per game (T4th in the Big Ten) ... Tillman is the only player in the league in the top-15 in scoring, rebounding, assists and blocks ... Sophomore forward Aaron Henry is third on the team with 9.5 points per game, while adding 4.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists ... MSU has four other players averaging at least 4.0 points per game, led by freshman guard Rocket Watts, who scored a career-high 21 points at Illinois, who is averaging 7.9 points per game (8.7 in Big Ten games) ... Sophomore forward Gabe Brown is averaging 7.5 points and 3.9 rebounds ... Freshman forward Malik Hall, who has started the last five games, is averaging 4.6 points and 3.6 rebounds, and sophomore forward Marcus Bingham Jr. is averaging 4.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks.

4. Winston Named to Midseason Watch Lists for Robertson, Naismith Awards

Cassius Winston was named to the midseason watch lists for the Oscar Robertson Trophy and the for the Citizen Naismith Trophy on Feb. 13 ... The U.S. Basketball Writers Association named Winston one of 12 players to the Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List ... The award will be presented by its namesake at the NCAA Final Four in Atlanta in April ... Winston was one of 30 players recognized on the Citizen Naismith Trophy list by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. The 10 semifinalists for the award will be announced on March 5, with the finalists revealed on March 17 ... The winner of the 2020 Citizen Naismith Trophy for Men’s Player of the Year will be announced on April 5 at the Naismith Awards Brunch in Atlanta ... This is the third national recognition in the last week for Winston, as he was selected to the Late Season Top 20 Watch List for the John R. Wooden Award® by the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

5. Xavier Tillman Named Finalist for Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year

Xavier Tillman was named one of 10 candidates for the 2020 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Thursday ... Named after Class of 2010 Hall of Famer and two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Karl Malone, the annual honor in its sixth year recognizes the top power forwards in Division I men’s college basketball ... A national committee of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates in October, which has now been narrowed to just 10 ... Tillman is second on Michigan State in scoring with 13.3 points per game and leads the team, and ranks second in the Big Ten Conference, with 10.1 rebounds per game ... Tillman is also second on the team with 3.2 assists (11th in the Big Ten) and leads the team with 2.2 blocks (fourth in the Big Ten).

STARTERS:  Watts, Winston, Henry, Tillman, and Hall

UPDATE:  1st media timeout of the 1st half and #25 Michigan State trails #9 Maryland by a score of 5-6  15:28

UPDATE: 2nd media timeout of the 1st half and #25 Michigan State trails #9 Maryland by a score of 15-10 11:57

UPDATE: 3rd media timeout of the 1st half and #25 Michigan State trails #9 Maryland by a score of 26-18 7:31

UPDATE: FINAL media timeout of the 1st half and #25 Michigan State trails #9 Maryland by a score of 34-22 3:53  Rebounds 21-9 MARYLAND. Yes, Maryland

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UPDATE: 1st media timeout of the 2nd half and #25 Michigan State trails #9 Maryland by a score of 41-35 15:55

UPDATE: 2nd media timeout of the 2nd half and #25 Michigan State trails #9 Maryland by a score of 45-42 11:59

UPDATE: 3rd media timeout of the 2nd half and #25 Michigan State leads #9 Maryland by a score of 54-53 6:38

UPDATE: FINAL media timeout of the 2nd half and #25 Michigan State leads #9 Maryland by a score of 58-53  4:28

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Comments (174)
JoeP3
JoeP3

I’m relying on all of you to keep me informed. Ma and Pa are back from Florida for a bit, but the satellite is still turned off...

No. 1-50
MSU88CHICK
MSU88CHICK

Time to watch a butt kickin’. GO GREEN

Msurick
Msurick

This is the game to get back into the story in the Big Ten. Go Green!

B1G Ball Buster1
B1G Ball Buster1

I'm in the house and SOBER

Msurick
Msurick

Stay with us, Buster, we’ll need you!

greenqueen
greenqueen

Need to start strong....

Msurick
Msurick

It would be great to see Gabe come alive tonight.

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

2-0 X

MSU88CHICK
MSU88CHICK

Nice start

Msurick
Msurick

Nice move for X

MSU88CHICK
MSU88CHICK

Good D by Henry

MSU88CHICK
MSU88CHICK

CASH!!!!!!!!!!

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

5-0 Cash for THREE

greenqueen
greenqueen

CASH!!!!!

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

Nice start to the game. Good flow offensively

Msurick
Msurick

Cash in the drawer!

DuffyCarpenter1
DuffyCarpenter1

The BRESLIN IS LOUD

MSU88CHICK
MSU88CHICK

Fast pace game!!!

greenqueen
greenqueen

Rocket got robbed

Msurick
Msurick

How did the Watts shot stay out?

Msurick
Msurick

Hall with 2 fouls.

MSU88CHICK
MSU88CHICK

Malik needs to slow down only 4 minutes in with 2 fouls!

MSU88CHICK
MSU88CHICK

We need to rebound!

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

Two tough possessions with shots going in and out. MSU getting good looks early

Msurick
Msurick

We need the ball to go through.

DuffyCarpenter1
DuffyCarpenter1

A bucket would be really good here, still a good game tho

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

Mel Tucker has the crowd ready to fight.

B1G Ball Buster1
B1G Ball Buster1

Love Mel

MSU88CHICK
MSU88CHICK

Nice shot X

B1G Ball Buster1
B1G Ball Buster1

X MAN

MSU88CHICK
MSU88CHICK

Henry’s D is tight, great job

MSU88CHICK
MSU88CHICK

Wow X is movin smooth tonight!

greenqueen
greenqueen

Great job by X

JPSpartan
JPSpartan

The main ESPN feed seems a little darker than normal. Odd

greenqueen
greenqueen

Why can't we get a basket?

MSU88CHICK
MSU88CHICK

We need our baskets to go in!!!!!

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

I think that's four MSU shots that have gone in and out

MSU88CHICK
MSU88CHICK

Henry should have went in for the DUNK

greenqueen
greenqueen

Great turnover by Maryland

Msurick
Msurick

Tillman doing great on Smith.

DuffyCarpenter1
DuffyCarpenter1

I love the guy with goggle LOL

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

MSU FGs: 2 OF LAST 11

Msurick
Msurick

Need to slow down a little.

DuffyCarpenter1
DuffyCarpenter1

Good fast break defense

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

Only two turnovers

MSU88CHICK
MSU88CHICK

Behind by 5...time to change that

DuffyCarpenter1
DuffyCarpenter1

Cash just said X needs to catch the ball HAHA

MSU88CHICK
MSU88CHICK

Thanks X!

B1G Ball Buster1
B1G Ball Buster1

X I love u

JPSpartan
JPSpartan

Winston going with Starburst as his favorite sweet was genius.
Tillman calling out Snowfall as a go to TV show was savvy too.


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