March 2nd, 2017

Box Score

Michigan State falls on the road, out of Big Ten top 4, with 73-70 loss at Illinois Land of 10
Tum Tum Nairn’s runner attempt at the buzzer clanged off the backboard, and away with it bounced Michigan State’s chance to force overtime Wednesday night, falling 73-70 to host Illinois in Champaign.

MSU men’s basketball falls short at Illinois 73-70 State News
MSU trailed by six points to end the first half. Although the Spartans led the personal foul differential by three fouls, a case of the turnovers hit MSU. Poor passes paired with weak dribbling struck the Spartans for nine turnovers which turned into 14 points. The Spartans repeated their turnover trouble in the second half. They ended the contest with 15 turnovers for 18 points.

Comeback falls short as Michigan State loses on the road to Illinois MLive
March began with a whimper for a Michigan State team that entered college basketball’s most important month with considerable momentum. The Spartans couldn’t finish off a late comeback and fell to Illinois, 73-70, on Wednesday night at State Farm Center.

Michigan State Turnovers Prove Costly, Lose 73-70 To Illinois The Only Colors
Of the 70 points scored by the Spartans tonight, only 14 of those came from the bench. Goins was owned on the defensive side of the ball as he was never really to overcome the size advantage that Morgan had on him and while Matt McQuaid did lead the bench with 6 points he looked nervous dribbling the ball, which is the polar opposite of what he looked like on Sunday vs Wisconsin.

Loss to Illinois keeps Michigan State on NCAA bubble Detroit News
Michigan State headed to Illinois Wednesday night convinced its recent success would carry over to the road, a place it had struggled all season to play well. By the time the Spartans left the State Farm Center, they were lamenting many of the same issues, They find themselves still flirting with the NCAA Tournament bubble with a game at Maryland looming on Saturday as the regular-season finale.

Spartans Fall At Illinois, 73-70
Michigan State fought all the way, erasing a couple of double-digit leads, but Illinois relied on a defense that’s grown stronger in the last few games as the Illini won 73-70 on Wednesday night. Michigan State had a chance to win the game in the last 10 second, but Miles Bridges missed a layup when Illinois’ Te’Jon Lucas stripped the ball away.

Sloppy Michigan State sees comeback fall short at Illinois, 73-70 Detroit Free Press
Tom Izzo’s players didn’t give up. They kept inching closer. They nearly pulled off a dramatic comeback. But they also didn’t have an answer for two of Michigan State’s biggest shortcomings that have plagued them all season – giving up three-pointers and committing turnovers.

MSU falters again on the road, loses to Illinois 73-70 Spartan Tailgate
Looking to solidify a spot in the NCAA Tournament, Michigan State fell short in its second-to-last game of the regular season on Wednesday, losing to Illinois 73-70. Despite turning the ball over 15 times and facing a double-digit deficit in the second half, Michigan State had an opportunity to steal a win in Champaign.

Michigan State falls victim to turnovers, senior night festivities in narrow defeat at Illinois isportsweb
On Wednesday night, Michigan State basketball traveled to the State Farm Center in Champaign, Ill. to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini, who celebrated senior night prior to the contest. Tonight, the Illini student section and fans –– most decked in an eye-piercing orange –– were geared up, and it appeared as if the Illini were geared up to send their seniors out the right way.