#2 Michigan State Upset by the Michigan Wolverines in New York City 75-64
Madison Square Garden
New York City, NY
The#2 Michigan State Spartans took on the #15 Michigan Wolverines for the second time this year and for the second time, the Wolverines upset the Spartans. This time Michigan won by a 75-64 score. It was a frustrating game for a Spartan team that had won12 games and in a row and was coming off of their best regular season record of all time.
The Spartans simply didn’t have answers for a Michigan team that played with defensive intensity and a chip on the proverbial shoulder like they do. Michigan simply wanted it more.
Miles Bridges led the way for the men in green. He had 17 points and seven rebounds. Jaren Jackson, Jr. (3J) had 13 points and seven rebounds and Cassius Winston rounded out the Spartans in double digits. He had 11 points, five assists, and four boards.
The Spartans had their eye on a number one seed in the NCAA tournament and possibly playing in Detroit during the first two rounds. That now seems farfetched at best. So what is next for the Spartans who could have as much as a 13-day layoff between games?
MSU only had eight turnovers, but they lost the battle of the boards 36-33. The Spartans shot an abysmal 33% and killed themselves settling for jump shots. Besides a clear advantage in the paint (32-20) they consistently settled for the jumper that they couldn’t hit.
The Spartans will now wait until next Sunday at 5 PM ET to learn their seeding and where they go to play. Until then they wait.
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