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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Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

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Ahrens with the first one 29-22

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

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and the second 29-23

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

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Halftime 29-23

Msurick
Msurick

Amazing that we are only 6 down. Too bad Tillman couldn’t hit the J

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

Terrible foul by Livers. Just handed Michigan State two points.

Laingsburg-Goose
Laingsburg-Goose

I think Michigan is slowing down. Came out with so much energy. The second half will be a true fight.

DuffyCarpenter1
DuffyCarpenter1

We got the second half

greenqueen
greenqueen

Here we go.....

Msurick
Msurick

Gabe still can’t find the basket

DuffyCarpenter1
DuffyCarpenter1

I have faith we can win this

DuffyCarpenter1
DuffyCarpenter1

Good foul draw by Cash

Msurick
Msurick

Cash hits 3 to close the gap a little more.

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

Michigan is just killing MSU with the offensive rebounds.

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

31-30 UM Spartans rolling

DuffyCarpenter1
DuffyCarpenter1

Good free throws by X

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

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33-32 UM Henry

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

This is where the pressure starts mounting on U-M. MSU starting to get the momentum on its side and Michigan's seen a 6point lead evaporate pretty quickly.

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

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36-32 Wolverines

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

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36-35 Henry for three

No. 101-131
Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

39-33 UM taking and making shots from 2 and three feet beyond NBA WOW

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

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39-38 UM

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

Gotta like the confidence from Henry there. Left a 3-pointer short on the previous possession and still comes back and knocks down a triple on the following possession

Msurick
Msurick

Cash with the answer.

B1G Ball Buster1
B1G Ball Buster1

4 shots in I'm done drinking. I feel happy. We got this peeps

Laingsburg-Goose
Laingsburg-Goose

Loving the rocket man!

Msurick
Msurick

Wow Rocket was like he was shot out of a gun on that drive.

DuffyCarpenter1
DuffyCarpenter1

Its only 6 we can still win this

Msurick
Msurick

Henry was just getting into the flow and he came out

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

Michigan's guards have been really good today. Simpson and Brooks are playing well and Dejulius gave U-M good energy off the bench in the first half

Msurick
Msurick

Strong play by Hall.

greenqueen
greenqueen

Freshman Hall is good now but he is going to a great of MSU!

B1G Ball Buster1
B1G Ball Buster1

We good peeps woooo

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

X looks like he's starting to run out of gas. Played 18 minutes in the first half. With Kithier out and Marble struggling in the first half, MSU doesn't have much of a choice but to keep rolling with the rotation of X, Hall and Bingham. Maybe they choose to go small at some point, but that creates some mismatches on the defensive end

Msurick
Msurick

Henry with a smooth play in the lane.

B1G Ball Buster1
B1G Ball Buster1

Ok back to booze after that three

B1G Ball Buster1
B1G Ball Buster1

Love Izzo and our team. But not our day

Msurick
Msurick

Need to start the run soon.

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

Michigan's gotta have 10-12 second chance points today. Teske is killing MSU on the offensive glass

Msurick
Msurick

I like the effort today. Spartans playing fierce defense. Some pinball kind of rebounds going to M today. But biggest problem is inability to hit the big shot.

greenqueen
greenqueen

We just got nothing...not sure why?

JPSpartan
JPSpartan

This team needs a mid-Feb reboot after this week. They need to make this a real turning point for 2020

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

Knowing what you know now... If you could lock Michigan State into a 5 seed for the NCAA tournament right now, would you take it? Or would you roll the dice to see if MSU could climb higher with the risk of dropping lower?

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

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MSU FGs: 3 OF LAST 3

greenqueen
greenqueen

Once again...Zavier Simpson should not be playing!!!!!

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

Yikes

DuffyCarpenter1
DuffyCarpenter1

This has been a rough game :(

greenqueen
greenqueen

We need emojis on this board....

B1G Ball Buster1
B1G Ball Buster1

I'm drunk so night night

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

No reason to think that MSU won't figure out the issues it's had over the past month or so, but time's starting to run out. The starts on the road have been brutal. The offense hasn't looked in-sync in quite some time and there just haven't been any answers to this point.

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

Cassius from WAY down town to cut it to six. But probably too little too late for MSU


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