Michigan State Spartans Fall 77-68 To Michigan Wolverines Official Game Thread

Hondo S. Carpenter

Crisler Center

Ann Arbor, MI

The #14 Michigan State Spartans season record and conference record stands at 16-7 (8-4) looking to end a losing skid.

The team returns to the hard-court today here in Ann Arbor, at the Crisler Center. They will be taking on the Michigan Wolverines. It can be seen on Fox at 12:00 PM (NOON) ET.

Please make sure you refresh this story often for highlights and information from the court, the locker room and all places in between for the most up to date coverage. Also, please comment with your thoughts throughout the game in the comment section below.

Here are five quick details about the game from MSU men’s basketball SID Mex Carey:

1. Series History Michigan State and Michigan meet for the 186th time on Saturday, Feb. 8 ... Michigan leads the all-time series with Michigan State, 100-85 ... The Spartans have won the last four meetings, including an 87-69 decision at the Breslin Center on Jan. 5 ... MSU beat Michigan three times last season, including the regular season finale at the Breslin Center to clinch a share of the Big Ten regular season title, and then in the Big Ten Tournament Championship game ... The Spartans have won 29 of the last 41 games overall and nine of its last 12 ... Tom Izzo is 29-17 in his career against the Wolverines.

2. Last Meeting with Michigan Cassius Winston scored a career-high 32 points and handed out nine assists and then-No. 14 Michigan State led from start to finish in an 87-69 win over then-No. 12 Michigan at the Breslin Center on Jan. 5 ... Xavier Tillman added 20 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high six blocked shots, while six other Spartans scored at least six points, including Aaron Henry, who had six points, eight rebounds and two blocks and Gabe Brown added six points and six rebounds.

3. About the Spartans Senior guard Cassius Winston leads MSU, and ranks third in the Big Ten, in scoring, averaging 18.5 points per game … Winston is also fourth in the league in assists (5.9 apg), first in free throw percentage, connecting on 86.0 percent of his shots (80-of-93), 11th in field goal percentage (43.0%) and sixth in 3-point percentage (38.5%) ... Junior forward Xavier Tillman is second on the team with 13.3 points per game (16th in the Big Ten) and tops the team (2nd in the Big Ten) with 10.1 rebounds per game, while adding 3.2 assists (T11th in the Big Ten) per game and 2.2 blocks per game (4th 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 9.3 points per game, while adding 4.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists ... MSU has four other players averaging at least 4.0 points per game, led by sophomore forward Gabe Brown, who is averaging 8.1 points and 4.1 rebounds ... Freshman guard Rocket Watts, who scored a career-high 16 points at Wisconsin, adds 7.2 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists ...Freshman forward Malik Hall, who has started the last four games, is averaging 4.7 points and 3.7 rebounds, and sophomore forward Marcus Bingham Jr., is averaging 4.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks.

4. Winston Selected as One of 10 Finalists for Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award Cassius Winston was one of 10 players selected to the Watch List for the 2020 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award ... Named after Class of 1971 Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic and Holy Cross guard Bob Cousy, the annual honor now in its 17th year recognizes the top point guards in Division I men’s college basketball ... A national committee of top college basketball personnel determined the original watch list of 20 candidates ... In March, five finalists will be presented to Mr. Cousy and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee.

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:  Winston, Hall, Brown, Tillman, Henry

Fast start is critical for MSU.  1st five minutes of both halves will tell the story.

UPDATE:  1st media timeout of the 1st half here in Ann Arbor. #14 Michigan State tied with the University of Michigan 3-3.  14:04

UPDATE: 2nd media timeout of the 1st half here in Ann Arbor. #14 Michigan State trails with the University of Michigan 9-3. 11:45  MSU has six turnovers

UPDATE: 3rd media timeout of the 1st half here in Ann Arbor. #14 Michigan State trails with the University of Michigan 14-11. 7:21 MSU has six turnovers

UPDATE: FINAL media timeout of the 1st half here in Ann Arbor. #14 Michigan State trails with the University of Michigan 25-17. 3:17 MSU has seven turnovers

MSU vs UM 1st

UPDATE: 1st media timeout of the 2nd half here in Ann Arbor. #14 Michigan State trails with the University of Michigan 39-38. 14:58 MSU has seven turnovers

UPDATE: 2nd media timeout of the 2nd half here in Ann Arbor. #14 Michigan State trails with the University of Michigan 50-42. 11:10 MSU has seven turnovers

UPDATE: 3rd media timeout of the 2nd half here in Ann Arbor. #14 Michigan State trails with the University of Michigan 55-46. 7:16 MSU has seven turnovers

UPDATE: FINAL media timeout of the 2nd half here in Ann Arbor. #14 Michigan State trails with the University of Michigan 65-55. 2:21 MSU has seven turnovers

MSU at UM Final

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Comments (134)
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Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

Fast start...fast start....fast start in both halves.

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

Stunning and gorgeous national anthem today here in Ann Arbor.

Msurick
Msurick

Interested to see what our young guys can bring today

greenqueen
greenqueen

Go GREEN!

B1G Ball Buster1
B1G Ball Buster1

No booze today. We got this. Back on track

Msurick
Msurick

Hall with a little walk.

greenqueen
greenqueen

No Score!??

Msurick
Msurick

Decent defense so far.

greenqueen
greenqueen

Why are there Michigan fans sitting right there where Izzo stands?

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

Great D early by MSU forcing UM to go where they don't want to. Good adjustment to the back man by Izzo

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

X misses the first one

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

1-0 MSU

Msurick
Msurick

Basket has a lid.

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

Spartan D has been good. 3-1 UM, Spartan offense out of whack

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

Spartans getting shots, not making them

DuffyCarpenter1
DuffyCarpenter1

This is basketball but looks like baseball LOL

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

They want Cash taking threes today

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

3-3 Hall

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

Really good defensive effort from Michigan State early on, but the offense just isn't there so far.

Msurick
Msurick

First team to 50 wins.

Msurick
Msurick

40?

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

This pace is wild, but still this low scoring?

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

Clearly another slow start for MSU (offensively), but Michigan can't buy a basket. Some of that's good defense, some of it is just missing good looks.

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

6-3 UM

B1G Ball Buster1
B1G Ball Buster1

I feel great. Our D is super our O cant make a shot but it's not their d stopping us. #NoBooze

Msurick
Msurick

Cash with a break. Foster and Watts in the backcourt.

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

MSU 4 TURNS LAST 4:26

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

MSU SCORING DROUGHT 2:49

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

9-3 UM

Msurick
Msurick

Loyer guarding Livers is a problem

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

UOM 6-0 RUN OVER 1:30

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

MSU FGs: 0 OF LAST 4

Msurick
Msurick

3 points of offense in 8 minutes cannot work.

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

You would think that turnovers wouldn't still be this big of an issue, but here we are. 6 turnovers in 7+ minutes. There's no reason for that to still be an issue 24 games in.

DuffyCarpenter1
DuffyCarpenter1

We need a bucket

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

12-3

B1G Ball Buster1
B1G Ball Buster1

Ok I really dont want to drink

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

12-5 Watts. UM timeout

Msurick
Msurick

On one hand, its amazing we are only down by 7

Msurick
Msurick

Kyle with his first minutes.

greenqueen
greenqueen

This is so hard to watch....

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

12-7 Malik

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

14-7 UM

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

MSU FGs: 2 OF LAST 10

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

There have been some ugly, ugly games this year. But this one has been just as tough of a watch as any in the first 10 minutes

B1G Ball Buster1
B1G Ball Buster1

Please

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

X makes it 14-9 UM

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

MSU has to go inside when threes aren't falling. Good solid comeback.

JPSpartan
JPSpartan

Expected a little more poise out of this team early.

B1G Ball Buster1
B1G Ball Buster1

Ok I'm still not drinking. I have hope


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