January 12th, 2017

An improbable comeback wouldn’t be necessary this time around.Two weeks after Michigan State opened up Big Ten play by erasing a 15-point deficit and beating Minnesota on the road in overtime, the Spartans led wire to wire and went up by as many as 26 points on the way to a 65-47 win over the No. 24 Gophers at Breslin Center.

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Michigan State puts clamps down on Minnesota, 65-47 Detroit Free Press
Perhaps potential is becoming closer to present for Michigan State. The Spartans put together their most complete performance of the season, smothering No. 24 Minnesota on defense and finally finding a flow on offense en route to a 65-47 victory Wednesday night at Breslin Center.

Michigan State blitzes Minnesota for 18-point win MLive
The Miles Bridges transition period appears to be over, and his return to form helped Michigan State play as strong a half as it has all season. The Spartans’ standout freshman scored 16 first-half points as Michigan State blitzed No. 24 Minnesota, 65-47, on Wednesday night at the Breslin Center.

Spartan defense hold Golden Gophers to 33 percent shooting in 65-47 win State News
MSU men’s basketball (12-6 overall, 4-1 Big Ten) competes the regular season sweep against No. 24 Minnesota (15-3 overall, 3-2 Big Ten) after blowing out the Golden Gophers, 65-47.

Michigan State jumps on Minnesota early in rout Detroit News
Michigan State vowed to get off to a better start on Wednesday night against Minnesota after slumbering through the early parts of the last couple of games. Consider that goal accomplished as Michigan State dominated the first half on its way to a 65-47 victory over No. 24 Minnesota at Breslin Center. It was MSU’s second victory over Minnesota this season and ended a three-game winning streak for the Gophers.

Michigan State Cruises To 65-47 Over No. 24 Minnesota MSUSpartans.com
Miles Bridges scored all 16 of his points in the first half, helping Michigan State build a huge lead it used to cruise to a 65-47 victory over No. 24 Minnesota on Wednesday night. The Spartans (12-6, 4-1 Big Ten) started the night in a five-way tie atop the conference with the Golden Gophers (11-7, 3-2) and moved a half-game ahead of No. 17 Purdue, Maryland and Nebraska.

Michigan State beats No. 24 Minnesota, 65-47, behind Miles Bridges’ 16 points Land of 10
Freshman Miles Bridges had a sluggish first two games back from injury. There was nothing sluggish about Bridges or Michigan State on Wednesday night, however. Bridges scored 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including his first two 3-pointers since returning from a high ankle sprain, and Michigan State held No. 24 Minnesota to its lowest point total of the season in a 65-47 victory at the Breslin Center.

Three Takeaways: Michigan State completes season sweep of Minnesota, roll 65-47 The Only Colors
This game was not supposed to go this way. This was supposed to be a mismatch down low. This was supposed to be a revenge game for a hot Minnesota team and Miles Bridges was supposed to keep scuffling.

What he said: Tom Izzo following Michigan State’s 65-47 win against No. 24 Minnesota Land of 10
Freshman Miles Bridges scored 16 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and blocked 4 shots as he played his best game since returning from a high ankle sprain last week. Bridges missed all seven games the Spartans played in December and showed signs of the long layoff the last two games against Rutgers and Penn State. But he was more aggressive from the outset against Minnesota. But he wasn’t the only Michigan State player to show more energy and effort as the Spartans held Minnesota to its lowest point total since Feb. 22, 2014, when the Golden Gophers lost to Ohio State 64-46.

Izzo defense prevails in MSU’s home win over Minnesota Impact Sports
At 11:07 p.m. on Jan. 9, 2017, Michigan State forward Miles Bridges sent out a tweet. It read “Can we get stupid dumb on Wednesday?” with a GIF of the Izzone wearing the lime green shirts they were given against Maryland in 2016. It remains a mystery what “stupid dumb” is, but whatever it is, it lifted Bridges and the Spartans to a 65 to 47 win over #24 Minnesota – their first win over a ranked opponent this season.

Talkin’ Spartans: Analyzing MSU’s 65-47 win over Minnesota
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press / LSJ MSU beat writer Chris Solari break down the Spartans’ win and what it means going forward.

Miles Bridges, Joshua Langford spark offense vs. Minnesota Detroit Free Press
Miles Bridges’ mom gave him a call to critique his game. Joshua Langford’s father showed up from Alabama and provided a spark. Two of Michigan State’s freshmen used their parents’ motivation to produce the kind of performance they hope will become the norm.

Michigan State juggling point guards in ongoing search for consistency MLive
The oddity of a blowout in which Michigan State dominated almost all other statistics was that neither of the Spartans’ point guards scored a field goal, yet both actually had quite a bit to do with dismantling nationally ranked Minnesota.

As Miles Bridges returns to form, Michigan State’s defense does, too MLive
In one sense, Michigan State played like the team of a month ago in its 65-47 win over Minnesota. That was to be expected at some point, as freshman forward Miles Bridges regained his early season form in his third game back, and his teammates adjusted to playing around him once again. His 16 first-half points were the catalyst for a team that led by 22 at halftime and never looked back.

Michigan State slashes Minnesota 65-47 in throwback uniforms isportsweb
For the past couple of weeks, coach Tom Izzo has called Michigan State basketball’s home matchup against Minnesota the toughest home game of their season, implying that this was a huge game for MSU.

Win over Minnesota a landmark one for Tom Izzo Spartan Tailgate
Above everything, Michigan State’s win over Minnesota was significant because it moved the Spartans to 12-6 overall and 4-1 in Big Ten play. That puts MSU alone at the top of the conference, at least for the time being, with a few 3-1 teams back in second.

Joshua Langford plays his best game with special fan watching Spartan Tailgate
There was no maybe about it. Following Michigan State’s 65-47 win over Minnesota on Wednesday, head coach Tom Izzo said freshman guard Joshua Langford played his best game as a Spartan, scoring 13 points on 6-for-9 shooting and turning in some solid defense.

‘Old school Spartan basketball’ leads MSU to win over Minnesota Spartan Tailgate
MSU beat the Gophers 65-47 Wednesday night at Breslin Center because of its effort on the defensive end of the court, where Minnesota shot 33.3 percent from the field, including 3-for-18 from long range, and scored just 17 first-half points. “I think our defense was as good as it has been,” head coach Tom Izzo said. “It was just like old times. We did a lot of good things defensively.”