Blog Recap: Michigan State dominates Michigan, earns bragging rights in 75-52 laugher
EAST LANSING — Michigan State enjoyed its most dominant Big Ten victory of the season on Tuesday night, scoring a surprisingly easy 75-52 victory over favored Michigan.
The 8th-ranked Spartans (21-4, 10-2 Big Ten) led from wire to wire and were up by 31 over 4th-ranked Michigan (21-4, 8-4) when coach Tom Izzo put all the walk-ons into the game with 2:05 remaining.
Big Ten Freshman of the Year candidate Gary Harris led Michigan State with 17 points, but the Spartans did most of their damage early in the game in the paint.
Senior captain Derrick Nix scored 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting and pulled down five rebounds as Michigan State won the rebounding battle, 41-30.
Trey Burke was the sole bright spot for the Wolverines, scoring 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting.
The rest of the Michigan team was a combined 14 of 42 (33 percent) from the floor.
Tim Hardaway Jr., who entered the night averaging 16 points per game, was 1-of-11 shooting for two points for the Wolverines.
Michigan State's other key performance came in the form of ball control, as the Spartans turned the ball over eight times to Michigan's 16 turnovers.
Michigan State, which has now won two of the past three meetings, was the aggressors from the opening tip, running out to a 13-7 lead and 38-24 advantage by halftime.
The Spartans improved to 15-0 at Breslin Center with the victory and will next play at Nebraska on Saturday.
Michigan, which has now dropped three of its past four games, gets the rest of the week to regroup before playing host to Penn State at noon on Sunday.
Michigan State 75, Michigan 52
Michigan State 74, Michigan 43, 2:05
Izzo calls timeout, calling the dogs off with walk-on in the game.
Michigan State 72, Michigan 43, 2:42
Last year's Michigan Prep Player of the Year, Matt Costello, just scored on a follow-dunk and is up to six points on 3-of-3 shooting.
Costello has been getting more minutes of late, but tonight has been his best Big Ten performance, by far.
The Wolverines are curiously absent in the paint in this game.
Michigan State 70, Michigan 41, 3:54
Michigan's Trey Burke with a jumper in the lane to stem an 8-0 Spartan run that had given Michigan State its largest lead of the game at 31 points.
Burke has been the sole bright spot for Michigan with 7-of-11 shooting for 18 points to go with four assists.
Burke has been in foul trouble, however, and is playing with four.
Gary Harris leads the Spartans with 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting.
Michigan State 67, Michigan 39, 7:01
Gary Harris with a 3-pointer from the corner, and a long night for the Wolverines seems to get longer.
Michigan's Tim Hardaway Jr. just had a basket rim out, that makes him 1-of-11 shooting.
Wolverines with 13 turnovers to Michigan State's seven.
Michigan State 62, Michigan 39, 9:51
Stauskas with a 3-pointer from the corner after a highlight-worthy wrap-around pass from Burke, and Beilein calls timeout.
Spartans had been on 9-0 run before the trey, leading by as many as 26.
Michigan State 57, Michigan 36, 11:58
Spartans' freshman Denzel Valentine just got his piece of the action with a no-look pass to Derrick Nix and a trey, and Michigan State has matched its largest lead of the game.
Nik Stauskas with a slick drive to the hole as the Wolverines continue to work to get into the paint.
Spartans still with rebounding advantage, 26-18, but only 7-6 in second half.
Michigan State 48, Michigan 29, 15:54
Keith Appling just picked up his third foul on a trip. That's one player the Spartans can't afford to lose, as we saw in loss at Indiana.
Michigan has yet to connect on a trey in the second half. The Wolverines will need the three to get back into this game.
Michigan State 48, Michigan 29, 16:16
The Wolverines are out sorts, Burke picked up third foul and left game at 18:22 mark, Spartans have scored five straight points since (all from Appling) and will have ball coming out of the timeout after Michigan's 10th turnover of the game.
Wolverines came out in second half making more concerted effort to get to the rim, but overall Michigan just seems a step slow tonight. Definitely not a typical performance.
Michigan State 38, Michigan 24
It's been a Spartan night thus far, with Michigan State dominating in most every capacity.
The Spartans are out-shooting and out-rebounding the Wolverines, and have fewer turnovers (4-7).
The key to the game is that Michigan State has been able to get the ball inside with surprising ease against Michigan, which has yet to show much fight in the paint.
Derrick Nix and Branden Dawson are both 4-of-5 shooting in the paint.
Trey Burke has been very active on the perimeter, however, as he's 4-of-5 shooting for 10 points.
Burke has also done a sound job when on Keith Appling, who has been the lowlight for Michigan State with 1-of-7 shooting to this point.
The Wolverines need to start hitting from outside (3-of-11 beyond the arc so far) to get back into the game, and there needs to be a more concerted effort on the glass and guarding the rim.
Michigan's biggest problem has been weak play in the paint and rushed shots -- Tim Hardaway Jr. is 0-for-6 shooting including 0 for 4 beyond the arc.
Michigan State 36, Michigan 24, 45.8
Trey Burke with a trey that brought the Wolverines with 35-14, but then Burke picked up his second foul on the other end on Appling.
Appling hit only one of three free throws.
Izzo with the timeout here.
Michigan State 35, Michigan 19, 2:30
The Spartans are the aggressors in every way, beating the Wolverines to loose balls and getting to the rim.
More bumping and elbows away from ball between Appling and Burke. Sooner or later, the whistle needs to blow.
Nix with 10 points, Gary Harris with nine points, Dawson with eight.
Seven turnovers uncharacteristic for Michigan, but the worse news for the Wolverines is they are getting beat on the boards 14-9.
Burke has been effective when he's gotten loose, 3-of-4 shooting, but the Wolverines need to do a better job setting picks for him.
John Beilein probably should have used some timeouts earlier when the crowd turned raucous and the momentum was building.
Michigan State 26, Michigan 15, 6:13
Wolverines just blew a transition opportunity when Jordan Morgan threw the ball out of bounds
Derrick Nix having his way inside, now up to eight points.
Michigan State 24, Michigan 15, 8:22
The roof was about to come off Breslin Center after a Branden Dawson steal and transition dunk.
Dawson leads Spartans with eight points, as MSU shooting 10 of 15 from floor.
Michigan committing too many turnovers (5) and not getting to the rim.
Michigan State 20, Michigan 13
Spartans are shooting 69 percent (9 of 13), getting the ball inside in the halfcourt and scoring in transition.
Burke appears stymied at the top of the key, not penetrating as easily as he's accustomed to.
Burke and Stauskas with five points apiece to lead UM. Wolverines with three turnovers to Spartans' one.
Harris and Dawson lead MSU with six points apiece, Harris has drained two treys.
Michigan State 10, Michigan 7, 15:21
Lots of pushing and bumping from Burke and Appling away from the ball...that remains the key matchup.
Branden Dawson off to a good start with six points, getting to the rim, and he'll shoot a free-throw after this timeout.
Michigan appears to be struggling in its half-court set, but Spartans don't have as much depth as they'd like, so there's a good chance the Wolverines will start finding some space to shoot the final 10 minutes of first half.
Two lower-deck tickets going for $1,000 apiece outside of Breslin Center?
Yep, talk of the in-state rivalry game has dominated Mid-Michigan, as it's the first time in 170 meetings dating back to 1909 that both the Spartans and the Wolverines have been ranked in the top 10 when meeting.
ESPN analyst Bruce Pearl broke down the game for MLive.com earlier on Tuesday, predicting a close Michigan State victory.
Michigan football coach Brady Hoke is expected to be at the game, but Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio might not be, as his football team has a 5:30 a.m. workout on Wednesday.
Numerous players have sounded off on the importance of the game, but Spartans power forward Adreian Payne was left searching for words when asked to put tonight's Michigan State-Michigan game into perspective.
"It's big; it's just a big game, and everybody gets up for it,'' said Payne, perhaps the X-factor in tonight's 9 o'clock ESPN matchup at Breslin Center. "The rivalry has grown on me since I've been here. There's no words for it — we're just so excited.''
The 8th-ranked Spartans (20-4, 9-2 Big Ten) have a share of the conference lead resting on their outcome against the 4th-ranked Wolverines (21-3, 8-3).
"We've seemed to get overlooked this season,'' Payne said. "But now that we're playing Michigan, the spotlight is on both teams.''
Payne said the Spartans enter the game focused on eliminating mental mistakes, turnovers and offensive rebounds.
"I think we've grown as a team,'' Payne said. "Denzel (Valentine) isn't averaging as many turnovers, Gary (Harris) is knocking down more shots and (Derrick) Nix is getting more consistent.
"I'm real excited, the Brez is going to be shaking,'' said Payne, who's averaging 12.1 points on 62.5-percent shooting over the past nine games. "The Izzone will be off the chain.''
Michigan State backup point guard Travis Trice has been ruled out, still not cleared from the concussion-like symptoms that have played him since he was injured in the Jan. 31 win over Illinois.
Michigan forward Jordan Morgan is questionable for tonight's game, at last report. Morgan participated in warmups.
The money in Las Vegas has gone on the Wolverines, as Michigan is a one-point favorite after the game started as a pick 'em.
It's the first time this season the Spartans have been an underdog at home this season. Michigan State has won five of its past six against the spread. Michigan has lost its past three against the spread.