Michigan State ends three-game skid by routing Minnesota

Ruben Hill
February 11, 2019

It is here where two generations of Michigan State basketball stars meet.

The University of Minnesota men's basketball team lost their third in a row on the road in MI on Saturday.

The Hall of Famer and Los Angeles Lakers president had plenty of opportunities to flash his familiar smile.

Three and D - The Gophers had arguably their best defensive performance of the season in the first half of last week's loss at Purdue. "This place is special".

In the second half, the Gophers tried to rally, but they never closed the gap to less than 13 points. He was 1 of 9 at the free throw line, including a miss that would have put his team ahead late in regulation, and the Spartans were 8 of 22 as a team in a 79-75 overtime loss to in last Sunday.

"We've got to leave those games in the past and move forward", Ward said. The 6-foot-9 Memphis native had been showing progress last month with an 11-point game in a January 19 win against Penn State. The Michigan State Spartans are winning games at home by an average of 24.4 points and are a lights out 13-4 ATS this season when a favorite of at least five points. The junior forward scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the opening half to make up for the fact that Winston sat with two fouls, and forward Kenny Goins left midway through the half with an injury to his left elbow.

Containing Cassius - Michigan State's Cassius Winston might not be capable of putting up 40 points in a game like Purdue's Carsen Edwards, but he's just as unsafe as a scorer and even more of a facilitator. "We got to figure out how to keep that going". IN lost Juwan Morgan to a shoulder injury, but still edged Michigan State out on the boards 48-40 in the upset, grabbing 20 offensive rebounds.

The same goes for Winston, as the Big Ten player of the Year candidate may have racked up numbers in the box score with 21 points, but uncharacteristically turned the ball over nine times. Freshman Daniel Oturu, who is averaging 10.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and a team-high 1.7 blocks, will replace Curry after starting the first 18 games this season. "We're just a more complete team with him".

Though his only points were on an and-one, he played solid defense all afternoon long and finished with three assists and three rebounds in 24 minutes.

Michigan State: McQuaid did what the Spartans need him to do more often without shooting guard Joshua Langford, who recently had season-ending surgery on his left foot to officially take a 15-point scorer out of the lineup. McQuaid entered the game averaging 8.3 points and more than doubled that by making 6 of 9 shots, including 4 of 6 3-pointers. Repeating that effort Saturday will be just as important, especially with the Spartans ranking second in the Big Ten in three-point shooting percentage (38.4) and second in threes made per game (8.5).

The Spartans will likely fall in the poll because they lost 79-74 at IL on Tuesday night.

"It's bittersweet without Jud", Kelser said. They hit the court again on Wednesday to take on Nebraska.

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