No. 4 Michigan State hopes to avoid lapses vs. Michigan


After an at-the-time unranked Michigan State team beat No. 7 Michigan during football season at The Big House, the basketball game is expected to bring the same excitement.

There will be a lot of attention on star forwards Miles Bridges of Michigan State and Moritz Wagner of Michigan but each team has good depth and doesn't rely on one player to carry the load. A win over their in-state rival on the road would send a message to the rest of the Big Ten that they are for real.

"Selfishness is not in his nature, but at the same time aggressiveness needs to be in his nature if he's going to be the best he can be", Izzo said. "It's no secret - we have all the players we need and the coaches have given us a good scouting report". He's made 14 of 17 shots from the field (82.4 percent) in those games, including 7 of 8 on his 3-point attempts.

Sims had missed his second free throw and the Horned Frogs (13-3, 1-3) got the play they wanted with Fisher driving the lane for a point-blank layup that somehow bounced out. He's also taking only 2.6 free throw attempts per game, down from 3.3 a year ago.

However, that was possibly because he was more of the aggressor against Rutgers, posting up hard and helping to get three Scarlet Knight big men to foul out and a fourth with four.

"We try to prove every night we're capable of playing the team we're up against and I think tonight we proved that", Sanders said. "You can't just hone in on one of them, you have to play well against all of them".

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"That's cool and I'm appreciative of that and he's showing that skill", Izzo said of Bridges' passing.

The sophomore point guard was mostly a nonfactor offensively previous year as a freshman (1.6 points per game), but has turned into a legitimate threat on that side of the ball this season. It took overtime for the Spartans to knock off those pesky Scarlet Knights but regardless they came away victorious. "They play tough. They play physical with a chip on their shoulder". The school announced it signed Pikiell to an extension to keep him under contract through the 2023-24 season.

"After much thought and consideration, I have chose to transfer from Michigan State University", Jackson posted. Michigan State is still the favorite to win the conference, but more losses could be coming. Bridges didn't have his aggressive, look-to-score attitude when the Spartans needed offense most, shooting just 40% as a team in the half.

"Maybe everybody got a little fat and sassy", Izzo said.

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Miles Bridges ended his scoreless start with 7:43 left in regulation and finished with just 11 points to barely help No. 4 Michigan State bounce back from a loss with a 76-72 overtime victory over Rutgers on Wednesday night.