Rutgers gave Purdue everything they could handle for forty minutes, but in the end, Purdue was able to clinch their third victory over Rutgers this season, 82-75.
Edwards injured his left ankle two weeks ago and missed two games. It is simple, when MI shoots the three well, it is almost impossible to beat them.
"I think MI just really played excellent ... sound, too, put us in a position to overhandle the ball and take real questionable shots", NU coach Tim Miles said. Junior guard Corey Sanders added 23 points for Rutgers, which shot 47.1 percent from the field. But that was all for Rutgers.
Michigan State: Played well for roughly 20 minutes in two tournament games.
The Scarlet Knights punched first.
"Nobody expected us to win one game", Sanders said. Purdue has three. The remaining 12 teams in the league have combined for nine. I am a senior in high school and I hope to pursue a career in sports journalism when I get older.
"We just ran into a buzz saw with Michigan", Miles said. "It felt like a home game, and we definitely fed off the energy". "Nebraska came out of the gates super physical with us and took away a lot of our options early on". Rutgers responded with a jumper to keep it a one-possession game. The Scarlet Knights had 17 offensive rebounds. After winning just three conference games and finishing in dead last for the third straight year, the Scarlet Knights won two games in NY and almost stole a third from the eighth ranked team in the country.
Now, with the Big Ten basketball tournament being played in NY for the first time about 35 miles away from Rutgers' campus in New Brunswick, New Jersey the Scarlet Knights have themselves a true B1G moment. The idea that MI could be an elite team on defense and a hit-or-miss squad on offense is alien to fans of that program who've come to expect high-level offense, a system that takes three- and four-star recruits and boosts them into pro prospects. Vincent may not be 100% right now, but he's getting more comfortable as the game goes on.
No. 6 Ohio State 6, Michigan State 2: The Buckeyes (22-8-5) outscored the visiting Spartans 4-1 in the third period to break the game open.
A short time later, the Spartans rattled off 10 straight points to take a 16-14 advantage. Robinson added 13 points off the bench and Charles Matthews had 12.
The Nittany Lions did not call time out after the steal and Carr made a pass from the foul line to a wide-open Reaves underneath.
Ohio State (24-8) had a chance to win after calling a timeout, but a last-second shot by C.J. Jackson was not close.
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A low-scoring game would allow MI to score a narrow victory by forcing more turnovers and draining a few more downtown buckets. However, all he is probably going to remember is losing the ball with 21 seconds to go and his team ahead 68-67.
The Michigan State Spartans will look to advance to the conference championship game after taking down Wisconsin in the quarterfinals by a final score of 63-60.
Purdue arrived in NY looking to make a statement. The top-seeded Spartans followed suit with a so-so start against Wisconsin on Friday, and they struggled most of the game.
With wins over Iowa, Nebraska and now Michigan State, the Wolverines (27-7) have won seven consecutive conference tournament games. The many MI fans at the Garden spent the rest of the game singing the school's familiar fight song - "Hail to the Victors" - chanting "N-I-T" at Nebraska and savoring a chance to knock off the rival Spartans.
"We've been really preaching to this team to really just control what we can control", Williams said. "But now it's up to seeing what the committee thinks, and I think we can't count on that until next Monday night when we see what happens". But like some of my equipment men and guys like that said to me: "'When has it been any different with Wisconsin?'"
Miles Bridges led the Spartans (29-3) with 20 points and Winston finished with 17 in advancing to the semifinals Saturday against No. 15 MI. Yet, he was equally impressive Friday at Madison Square Garden for MI basketball, scoring 21 points in a 77-58 win over Nebraska.
Michigan State had just hit a 3 on the other end to narrow the Michigan lead to five, and Abdur-Rahkman had the answer. Michigan State was ranked in the top-4 during each loss to U-M. Joining him was Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Zavier Simpson.
The Big Ten basketball tournament started out slow as it always does in the first round.
Coach John Beilein has the Wolverines looking like a March Madness threat heading into the tournament final on Sunday, and a smothering defensive effort is why.
Michigan State fought back. "I believe we're going to be in". "Our alums and our fans are". The last time the Spartans lost was to MI on January 13.
After their hot start, Wagner and MI lost all offensive rhythm by the end of the half.
With 1:10 left, Robinson then drove to the basket and converted the layup, drawing a foul from senior guard Lourawls "Tum Tum" Nairn Jr., giving the Wolverines a 10-point lead.