Big Ten College Basketball Predictions: Maryland vs. Michigan State 1/4/18

Miles Bridges of Michigan State AP Top 25

Spartans shine as Badgers falter

It didn't matter at that point.

IU comes into the game at 7-9 on the season and 0-3 in conference play after a two-game road trip that saw losses to both Ohio State and Penn State.

Maryland simply didn't have the firepower to keep up with Michigan State.

The Spartans looked the part of a finely tuned machine January 4, executing head coach Tom Izzo's offense with intensity and precision. "We've got so many guys that can come off of the bench and do great things for us".

It's the game we've all been waiting for. "And so our barrage kept going". Tonight's game takes place from the Jack Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing, Michigan and will air live on FS1.

Ed Minney replaced Lethemon in net following the fourth Ohio State goal and stopped all 12 shots he faced. But Maryland couldn't find an inch of separation. Stark was 14-for-14 from the free throw line for the Racers (11-3, 3-0 OVC), part of a streak of 39 straight makes from the line to set a school record. "I looked up, and we were down 2". Maryland tightened up around the paint on the next two defensive possessions, and the Spartans kicked two straight passes to Matt McQuaid behind the arc in the corner. Nick Ward had 16 points and two blocks.

The Boilermakers pride themselves on a stingy defense that gives up just 60.6 points per game, which is good for third-best in the Big Ten. Maryland will put together a decent run late, but this one will be all Michigan State. What could make this group truly special, though, is the snowball effect it can generate when it avoids giving away possessions with careless mistakes.

In 2007, Ohio State knocked off No. 1 Wisconsin. The Spartans gathered as a group on December 31 after their last game of 2017 and settled on a single New Year's resolution: enough with the turnovers.




Expected to be better coming into the season. "Everybody knows that. The whole country knows that". Both forwards also collected five rebounds each.

Only three Terps made more than one field goal, and only two players made more than two.

The talented Bridges turned down a chance to go one-and-done in the offseason. Izzo suggested to use some imagination to fill in the rest.

However, a game at Michigan State provided on-the-job training for a couple young Terps in freshman Darryl Morsell and redshirt freshman Joshua Tomaic. Sophomore forward Ae'Rianna Harris is close behind at 12.5 points to go along 8.8 rebounds and a second-best in the Big Ten 3.4 blocks. Huerter finished the first half with 14 points a rebound and an assist while Bridges finished with nine points, four assists, and four rebounds.

Nairns explained that any giveaway, especially a careless one, has had a tendency to sap the team's energy.

The Spartans had no trouble getting past the Savannah State Tigers in their last outing, 108-52. That's what leads to 15-0 runs and opposing players shaking their heads in disbelief.

Much like IU, Purdue lacks much depth off the bench but it's their defense, not their offense, that will prove to be the biggest challenge for the Hoosiers.

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