"I think this is obviously an example though, when you talk about the depth of the Big Ten". MI is coming off a 70-69 loss to fifth ranked Purdue On Tuesday. "That made us nervous then (after the turnovers) on what he was going to do".
Junior Eleanna Christinaki added 13 points while sophomore Stephanie Jones tallied 12. He won't care if the Spartans gets twice as many rebounds as MI, he insisted, as long as his team limits how many offensive rebounds and second-chance points they get. I don't have a good answer for you on why we didn't.
The major stat to watch out for in this game is Michigan's field goal percentage.
This is the lone regular season meeting between the Wolverines and Spartans in 2017-18. While ailing an ankle injury, Wagner was as active as he has ever been this season and used his "in-out" game very effectively. Ohio State's Keita Bates-Diop averaged 29.5 points and 10 rebounds in wins at Iowa and at home against Michigan State.
"It's one of the more festive atmospheres in the Big Ten", Beilein said. "Other than one turnover he was basic and played like we saw him last February and March". Simpson has steadily found his role in the offense, producing 5 or more assists in five of the last six games. He committed two turnovers and two fouls in the first 2 1/2 minutes of the half and was taken out of the game.
The Spartans took advantage of the size discrepancy in the matchup, and pounded the paint.
Key turnovers hindered any chance of MSU coming back in the second half. "The logo" was one of the greatest college basketball players of all-time, as he averaged 24.8 points per game and connected on 50.8 percent of his shot from the field during his three-year college career that ended in 1959-60. A point guard like [Boston Celtics] Kyrie Irving has lots of finishes and can create for himself. Winston was the catalyst in getting MSU a lead late in the first half. He helped the Wolverines pull away in the final minutes with enough free throws to keep a cushion. But with Purdue and Ohio State both unbeaten in conference play, the Spartans have an uphill climb if they want to win the Big Ten championship.
Head coach Jay Wright made the point that the Wildcats needed to pick up their defensive level, so he went to team leaders Jalen Brunson, Mikal Bridges, Phil Booth and Eric Paschall to set an example for the rest of the team. Someone is going to look like they are heading in the right direction and the loser looks like they are back to struggling.
Bryant Crawford scored 21 points and Keyshawn Woods had 15 to lead Wake Forest (8-9, 1-4), which hasn't won at Cameron Indoor Stadium in 21 years.