Michigan vs. Michigan State

Michigan, (4). At Michigan State, (8)


dm_130212_ncb_michiganstate_michigan_highlightThe Spartans did a “smack down” on the rival Wolverines Tuesday night.  The final score was 75-52, and kept Michigan State in position to win the Big Ten.

Coach Tom Izzo had the Spartans fired up for the game.  MSU dominated the Wolverines with senior forward Derrick Mix, and a pair of freshmen.  They out rebounded Michigan 41-30, and had a 14 point lead at halftime.

With a strong defense, the Spartans forced 16 turnovers, while committing just 8 themselves.  While Michigan was having difficulty scoring, the Spartans had 4 shooters in double figures.  Freshman guard Gary Harris led the Spartans with 18 points, Nix had 14, Appling had 11 and sophomore guard Branden Dawson finished with 10.  For the Wolverines, sophomore guard Trey Burke had 16, but Hardaway, Jr., and Robinson each scored only 2 each.

Michigan has to improve, and soon.  Tuesday night’s loss was convincing, and they have now lost 4 games to Big Ten schools, all on the road.  Coach John Bellein says his team needs to adjust in every area:

“There were so many things we played poorly in, it’s hard to put my finger on it,” Beilein said. “But Michigan State was excellent today.”

The Spartans are on top of the Big Ten at 10-2 in the division, while the Wolverines are in 4th place at 8-4.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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