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Michigan State Pulls Away From Southern Utah, 88-63; Number One Ranking Next?

Nick Ward was one of three Spartans to score 17 points, and Michigan State extended their winning streak to eight games with an 88-63 win over Southern Utah. (Source: Mike Carter – USA Today Sports) (Header: USA Today Sports)

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Ever since their loss at the 2017 Champions Classic to the Duke Blue Devils, the Michigan State Spartans have been on some kind of roll.

Since their loss back on November 14th, the Spartans entered Saturday riding a seven game winning streak. All of their wins have come by double digits, with their closest game coming on December 5th against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.

Michigan State beat the Scarlet Knights by 10.

Inside the Breslin Center on Saturday, the Spartans welcomed the Southern Utah Thunderbirds to town, and both teams were looking to continue their winning streaks. Southern Utah came into the day riding a three-game winning streak of their own, and while they were taking on the third-ranked team in the country, they left it all on the court and made things interesting in the second half.

After the Spartans took a 12-point lead at the break, the Thunderbirds managed to get within five points on a pair of occasions before the midway point of the second half. However, the Spartans were too much to handle, and the home side pulled away down the stretch for the 88-63 win over Southern Utah. Continue reading Michigan State Pulls Away From Southern Utah, 88-63; Number One Ranking Next?

Michigan State Slips Past Rutgers, 62-52

Against Rutgers on Tuesday night, freshman Jaren Jackson Jr. racked up 11 points and eight blocks, helping lead the Spartans to the 62-52 win. (Source: Rey Del Rio – Getty Images)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — The 2017-18 season introduced a new conference play format for the Big Ten Conference.

Teams now play a pair of conference games in the month of December, as the conference tournament was moved up a week. Instead of finishing on the afternoon of Selection Sunday, as it has done in the past, the Big Ten Tournament will now finish a week prior to the field being announced for the NCAA Tournament.

With the changes, teams from the Big Ten played their first two conference games from Saturday through to Tuesday night. It gave fans some insight into how their teams stack up against conference foes, serving as a good measuring stick moving forwards.

On Sunday, the Michigan State Spartans opened up Big Ten play with a big home win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 86-57. The Spartans’ opponent on Tuesday, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, weren’t as successful in their Big Ten opener.

Rutgers fell to the Minnesota Golden Gophers on the road, 89-67, extending their losing streak to two games in the process.

Tuesday night saw two teams going in different directions match up with one another. The Spartans had won six straight games after a loss in the Champions Classic, while Rutgers had lost two straight after a 6-0 start.

It was an even first half, as the teams were tied at 26-all at the break. In the second frame, Michigan State pulled away down the stretch, extending their winning streak to seven with a 62-52 win over the host Scarlet Knights. Continue reading Michigan State Slips Past Rutgers, 62-52

Colson and Brey Ejected in Notre Dame’s 71-53 Win Over St. Francis Brooklyn

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Notre Dame shot 41.4% from the field and out rebounded St. Francis 43-37 (Source: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports)

SOUTH BEND, IN. — Coming off of a demoralizing loss to the third-ranked team in the country on Thursday, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish added another “W” to the win column Sunday afternoon, as they defeated the St. Francis (Brooklyn) Terriers, 71-53.

While the Terriers are not the flashiest opponent, the game brought plenty of excitement, as Notre Dame Head Coach Mike Brey and Bonzie Colson were tossed from the game with six minutes left in the second half.

Sunday afternoon’s game marked the first time in 23 years that Mike Brey has ever been thrown out from a game.

The ejections did not concern the Irish one bit, as they handled the Terriers with ease towards the end. But, what should concern the Irish is the fact that the bench continued to under perform, even against an opponent like St. Francis.

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Three Things We Learned From Notre Dame’s Loss to Michigan State: Guys Need To Step Up

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Matt Farrell went scoreless in the first half before finishing with 10 points and 7 assists. (Source: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports).

SOUTH BEND, IN. — A loss was bound to happen eventually for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and they suffered their first blemish of the season on Thursday night, losing 81-63 to the Michigan State Spartans in the final game of the 2017 ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Just as the Fighting Irish were coming off of a tournament championship win, beating the then sixth-ranked Wichita State Shockers, Michigan State also found success in early tournament play, winning the Victory bracket of the inaugural PK80 Invitational against the then ninth-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels.

In their game against the Tar Heels, the Spartans showed dominance both defensively and offensively, which transitioned into their tilt with the #5 team in the country Thursday night.

Michigan State threw Notre Dame off their offensive rhythm they showed during the Maui Invitational, keeping them out of the paint, limiting their points on the fast break, and forcing them to take unbalanced shots. The Irish were no better on defense, as their transition defense failed to stop the Spartans, and they were out-manned down low with Michigan State getting too many second chances.

While it is one loss and it came from a team that one could argue is the best in the country, Notre Dame is starting to show us who they really are.

Here are three things we learned about Notre Dame in their loss to Michigan State.

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No. 3 Michigan State Cruises to 81-63 Win Over No. 5 Notre Dame

Cassius Winston recorded 17 points and seven assists to guide Michigan State past Notre Dame on Thursday night, 81-63. (Source: Kirthmon F. Dozier – Detroit Free Press) (Header: Lansing State Journal)

EAST LANSING, Mich. — On Thursday night inside the Breslin Center, the third-ranked Michigan State Spartans led wire-to-wire against the fifth-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish, picking up a big 81-63 win to close out the 2017 ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

It marks the second win for Michigan State over a top ten team in a five-day span, as they knocked off the then ninth-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels on Sunday to win the Victory Bracket of the PK80 Invitational, 63-45.

Michigan State got contributions from all 11 players who checked into the game, nine of which recorded at least two points in the win. Sophomore guard Cassius Winston led the way with another all-round performance, recording 17 points, seven assists, and five rebounds.

Fellow guard Joshua Langford tied Winston for the team-high in scoring with 17 points of his own, while Miles Bridges chipped in with 14 points and six rebounds.

Senior forward Bonzie Colson led the way for the Fighting Irish, who had four players score in double-figures in the loss. Colson finished with 17 points, six rebounds, five steals and four blocks. Continue reading No. 3 Michigan State Cruises to 81-63 Win Over No. 5 Notre Dame

No. 3 Michigan State Hosts No. 5 Notre Dame in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge

The last time that Michigan State and Notre Dame squared off was December 3rd, 2014. The Fighting Irish picked up the 79-78 win, in overtime, behind 27 points from Jerian Grant. (Source: Detroit Free Press) (Header: Notre Dame Insider)

EAST LANSING, Mi. — For the third time this season, the Michigan State Spartans will take on a top-10 team when they host the fifth-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Thursday night inside the Breslin Center.

When the 2017-18 schedules were announced, Thursday’s match-up between the Spartans and Fighting Irish was one that most had circled on their calendars. Both teams were expected to be ranked comfortably in the top 25, but little did we know that this would turn into a top-five game when it tips off.

Michigan State and Notre Dame will be meeting for the 97th time, but Thursday marks just their second meeting since 1979 campaign. The last time the two teams met was back in 2014, with the Fighting Irish picking up a 79-78 win in overtime over the 14th-ranked Spartans in South Bend as a part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

The Fighting Irish hold a 60-36 edge all-time against the Spartans, and are 25-22 in East Lansing. Thursday will be the first time that Notre Dame has played inside the Breslin Center, as the last time they were in East Lansing (1979), the Spartans played out of the Jenison Fieldhouse. Continue reading No. 3 Michigan State Hosts No. 5 Notre Dame in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge