Michigan State Spartans 70-69 Over Illinois Official Game Thread

Hondo S. Carpenter

State Farm Center

Champaign, Illinois

The Michigan State Spartans are 16-8 (8-5) and licking their wounds riding a three-game losing streak. The team returns to the hard-court tonight here in Champaign, Illinois at the State Farm Center. They are taking on the Fighting Illini. It can be seen on ESPN at 9:00 PM (NOON) ET.

MSU men’s basketball super SID Mex Carey provides this quick look at tonight’s game:

1. Series History Michigan State and Illinois meet for the 123rd time when the teams meet on Tuesday, Feb. 11 ... The Spartans lead the head-to-head series, 62-60, and have won 13 of the last 20 against Illinois and 15 of the last 23 ... MSU won the first meeting between the teams this year, 76-56, on Jan. 2 at the Breslin Center ... In the last 25 games in the series, 20 games in the series have been decided by 10 points or fewer ... Michigan State is 20-39 in games played at Illinois ... The team’s last win on the road was a 60-53 decision on Feb. 22, 2015 ... Tom Izzo is 25-18 in his career against the Illini.

2. Last Meeting with Illinois Cassius Winston scored a game-high 21 points and handed out six assists to lead four players in double figures as No. 14 Michigan State used a big second half to beat Illinois, 76-56, in a Big Ten Conference game on Jan. 2 ... Xavier Tillman added 19 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots, while Gabe Brown scored 12 points and Aaron Henry had 10 points and nine rebounds ... Sophomore forward Marcus Bingham Jr. did not score, but had career-high’s with 12 rebounds and five blocked shots.

3. About the Spartans Senior guard Cassius Winston leads MSU, and ranks third in the Big Ten, in scoring, averaging 18.6 points per game … Winston is also fourth in the league in assists (5.9 apg), first in free throw percentage, connecting on 87.0 percent of his shots (87-of-100), 11th in field goal percentage (42.2 %) and fifth in 3-point percentage (38.4%) ... Junior forward Xavier Tillman is second on the team with 13.4 points per game (T15th in the Big Ten) and tops the team (2nd in the Big Ten) with 10.2 rebounds per game, while adding 3.1 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 4.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists ... MSU has four other players averaging at least 4.0 points per game, led by sophomore forward Gabe Brown, who is averaging 7.8 points and 4.0 rebounds ... Freshman guard Rocket Watts, who scored a career-high 16 points at Wisconsin, adds 7.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists ...Freshman forward Malik Hall, who has started the last five games, is averaging 4.8 points and 3.7 rebounds, and sophomore forward Marcus Bingham Jr., is averaging 4.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.5 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:  Watts, Winston, Tillman, Henry, and MBJ

UPDATE:  1st media timeout of the 1st half and #25 Michigan State leads #23 Illinois 11-3 15:46

UPDATE: 2nd media timeout of the 1st half and #25 Michigan State leads #23 Illinois 15-7 11:48

UPDATE: 3rd media timeout of the 1st half and #25 Michigan State leads #23 Illinois 27-14 6:39

UPDATE: FINAL media timeout of the 1st half and #25 Michigan State leads #23 Illinois 35-16 3:18

MSU vs ILL half

UPDATE: 1st media timeout of the 2nd half and #25 Michigan State leads #23 Illinois 46-32 15:42

UPDATE: 2nd media timeout of the 2nd half and #25 Michigan State leads #23 Illinois 56-39 11:48

UPDATE: 3rd media timeout of the 2nd half and #25 Michigan State leads #23 Illinois 60-55 6:25

UPDATE: FINAL media timeout of the 2nd half and #25 Michigan State leads #23 Illinois 64-63 2:58

msu VS ill final

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Comments (149)
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Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

I expect Izzo to shakeup the starting lineup tonight

JoeP3
JoeP3

Let me be the first one...to ask for more info on the FB coaching search. 😂

JoeP3
JoeP3

Also, Penn State is blowing out Purdue at Mackey. I don’t want to live in a world where Penn State wins the B1G title...

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

LOL JoePa we need to go to lunch

greenqueen
greenqueen

This is going to be so hard to watch for multiple reasons...including Dan Dakich being at the top of the list!!!!!!

B1G Ball Buster1
B1G Ball Buster1

Great start

m4msu
m4msu

El fuego!!

JoeP3
JoeP3

Well, it’s not a slow start tonight!

B1G Ball Buster1
B1G Ball Buster1

Could we actually be the fast start team tonight? I'm sober

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

Really nice start so far. Good ball movement on the offensive end, very active on the defensive end.

greenqueen
greenqueen

Good start!

Msurick
Msurick

Great to see the ball going through the net. Our guys need that.

m4msu
m4msu

No waffling tonight, lol, haha

B1G Ball Buster1
B1G Ball Buster1

I'll looks slow and MSU great movement

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

11-6

Msurick
Msurick

Did someone say WAFFLES !?!

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

Bad shot by Cash. Not set

Msurick
Msurick

Malik sits with 2 fouls.

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

13-7

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

Great job in a tough place for MSU early

B1G Ball Buster1
B1G Ball Buster1

This is the team we've been missing

DuffyCarpenter1
DuffyCarpenter1

Good job by MSU so far

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

X is just having his way with Illinois in the post on the last few trips down the floor

Msurick
Msurick

Good defense so far. Nice block by Bingham

greenqueen
greenqueen

We need to stay up...our guys need this!

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

X has 7

greenqueen
greenqueen

Loved that finish by X

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

ILL 5 turnovers

DuffyCarpenter1
DuffyCarpenter1

A good job by MSU to start off on a roll, hopefully this becomes a trend

m4msu
m4msu

What did Izzo say to X?? He is different tonight.

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

Gotta like how MSU is shooting from the field. It's been a while since we've seen consistently good shooting in the first 10 minutes of a game

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

MBJ not impacting with points, but his D is AMAZING

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

21-9 MSU

Msurick
Msurick

Illinois looks a little slow tonight. Not like them.

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

21-11

Msurick
Msurick

Ok, need to regather now. Too many empty possessions lately.

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

Tillman's struggles at the rim have been strange to say the least. He's missed a good number of shots from close range over the last 3 games, which is really uncharacteristic for him

DuffyCarpenter1
DuffyCarpenter1

Need to keep up momentum, can't give them this back

greenqueen
greenqueen

Rocket making something happen

Msurick
Msurick

Aaaaand one.

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

Rocket Watts brought his A game today. Really playing well

B1G Ball Buster1
B1G Ball Buster1

So jacked

B1G Ball Buster1
B1G Ball Buster1

So this is what it's like to be sober this far into a game lol

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

Illi FGs: 1 OF LAST 7

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

5 turnovers for ILL


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