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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JPSpartan
JPSpartan

Ever since IL spotted MSU 8 off the bat I've wondered if they'd get back to w/in 8 all game

Msurick
Msurick

We really need points on this possession. Henry.

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

Winston and Tillman with 3 PF time for the young bloods

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

50-36 Thank you Kit

No. 101-147
B1G Ball Buster1
B1G Ball Buster1

Kithier and Rock

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

52-39

DuffyCarpenter1
DuffyCarpenter1

Can't let them comeback at all

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

Watts has 19

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

What a game for Watts. He's been fantastic

greenqueen
greenqueen

Sure is nice to see Rocket step up when Cash is on the bench

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

54-39 KIT

Msurick
Msurick

Spartans punch back and restore the lead. Need to keep playing.

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

Henry and Watts giving a little glimpse of the future. Playing well together with Winston on the bench

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

MSU 6-0 RUN OVER 1:58

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

MSU FGs: 4 OF LAST 5

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

Illi SCORING DROUGHT 2:17

Msurick
Msurick

Going to need to win this one without Cash.

greenqueen
greenqueen

I hate to see Cash on the bench...he's so much fun to watch

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

56-47 Illini within 9

Msurick
Msurick

We need a score badly.

JoeP3
JoeP3

Danger Will Robinson

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

Illinois is going to be shooting 2 FTs from here on out. MSU needs to turn this around quickly

Msurick
Msurick

We NEEDED that time out. Hope it helps.

m4msu
m4msu

Foster and Rocket man got to get it done now.

Msurick
Msurick

Loyer guarding Osulu isn’t fair.

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

Great post move by Tillman

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

This is... Not good

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

This feels like Illinois is up double digits. Could change quickly, but Illinois is in complete control

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

Big time basket by Cassius

Msurick
Msurick

We needed that call.

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

Well, then this happened

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

66-65 MSU 1:59

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

68-65 MSU Tillman with a big one

Msurick
Msurick

I’d rather be up 3 than down 3.

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

Cassius and X coming up big when it matters most

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

MSU FGs: 3 OF LAST 3

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

Illi NO FGS LAST 2:30

B1G Ball Buster1
B1G Ball Buster1

I will not drink I will not drink

Msurick
Msurick

Here it is.

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

68-67 MSU :29

JoeP3
JoeP3

Holy geez

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

This team... Nothing is easy

Msurick
Msurick

If you don’t care who wins, this is a heck of a game.

JPSpartan
JPSpartan

This L is going to leave a monster scar that will be present the rest of the year. All 40 min count one. Watch out stinger

Msurick
Msurick

NO shot clock. One possession.

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

SPARTANS WIN!

Msurick
Msurick

Wow.

greenqueen
greenqueen

WOW!

JoeP3
JoeP3

What a win, but man I hope that kid is ok.

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

What a finish. Michigan State couldn't afford to lose that game.


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