No. 4 Spartans still in a funk after loss to MI

Michigan forward Moritz Wagner celebrates after they defeated Michigan State 82-72 in their Big Ten basketball game at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on Saturday

No. 4 Spartans still in a funk after loss to MI

With the upset, the Spartans joined Ohio State as the second program in the league to beat Maryland since the Terps joined the Big Ten in 2013.

"He has to be at his best for us to be the team we want to be", Nairn said. "I knew I needed to get that part of my game down".

The loss is MSU's (15-3, 4-2 Big Ten) second in its last three games, while U-M (15-4, 4-2) rebounds after falling to No. 5 Purdue 70-69 in Ann Arbor on Tuesday.

The sophomore had developed into a dependable shooter for the young Terps, a sidekick to leading-scoring Kaila Charles.

As a whole, the team shot 27 percent from three and turned the ball over 18 times. MI - then considered a team sitting squarely on the bubble - won by 29 points, sparking a three-game winning streak that turned their season around.

Gary Trent Jr. added 19 points and six three-pointers, Wendell Carter Jr. had 15 points and 11 rebounds, Grayson Allen had a career-best 12 rebounds and reserve Alex O'Connell scored 13 points.

Christinaki, who found out she was starting during warmups before the game, had 13.

"We need to just play our game [in order to win]" sophomore point guard Zavier Simpson said.

Trishton Jackson became the second wide receiver this week to announce his plans to transfer from Michigan State. The Spartans (13-5, 3-2) held the Terps 19 points below their average and shot 44.8 percent from the field, including 40.9 percent from deep. Guard Shay Colley had 17 and Sidney Cooks had 10.

It was a picture that embodied not only the Michigan State-Michigan rivalry, but more often than not, showed that Michigan State is a team that takes it to its opponents, priding itself on being the aggressor.

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With four days and plenty of games to choose from, how does one prioritize? "To be out-toughed on our home floor against our rival school is embarrassing".

Michigan State had their best run in the 3rd Quarter with 2:42 on the clock. He doesn't want the Wolverines crashing the glass when they're on offense. He leads the team with 7.5 rebounds and 26 blocks.

"It was a hard day for all of us", Christinaki said.

"Let's face it our point guards struggled", said Izzo.

The Spartans held MI to just 36 percent from the field and while shooting 56 percent themselves.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Miles Bridges and Joshua Langford combined for 2 points in the first half of Michigan State's overtime win over Rutgers but had 21 of their team's 31 points the rest of the way.

They ended up giving up 14 points on 24 turnovers. He's made 14 of 17 shots from the field (82.4 percent) in those games, including 7 of 8 on his 3-point attempts.

Maryland never significantly narrowed the gap after that.

"He doesn't like us", Beilein said Friday. "It's not going away".

"The only way that we are going to get rid of this is by winning a game, and now we have to wait a whole week until we play again", Bridges said.

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