March 9th, 2017

Box Score

Michigan State dominates Penn State 78-51, advances to Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals Land of 10
Going into the Big Ten Tournament, Michigan State (19-13, 10-8 Big Ten) players said they would not reserve energy for future games. The Spartans certainly didn’t hold back against Penn State (15-18, 6-12), building an early double-digit lead and gradually expanding it for a 78-51 win in the second round of the tournament Thursday at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C.

MSU rolls, beats Penn State 78-51 in Big Ten Tournament Spartan Tailgate
Michigan State started postseason play in dominant fashion. Avenging a January loss to Penn State, the Spartans clobbered the Nittany Lions 78-51 Thursday at the Big Ten Tournament in Washington D.C. Everything went right for MSU, which shot 49.1 percent from the field while holding Penn State to just 29.1 percent, including 4-for-15 from 3-point range. The Spartans outrebounded the Nittany Lions 44-29 and outscored Penn State 16-0 in fastbreak points.

Michigan State thrashes Penn State to open Big Ten Tournament MLive
That white elephant in the room Tom Izzo has been talking about for weeks may have finally departed. Michigan State started its 2017 postseason with a convincing 78-51 win over Penn State at Verizon Center, opening the Big Ten Tournament in resounding fashion. The win moves Michigan State to 19-13 overall, a record that should have them firmly in the NCAA Tournament field when it is announced Sunday.

Michigan State destroys Penn State, 78-51, in Big Ten tournament Detroit Free Press
Michigan State put it all together. For one day. Defense. Rebounding. Scoring. Shooting. Dunking. Stars doing spectacular things. Role players filling them to perfection. They might have only done it for 33 minutes instead of 40, but it was more than enough to add up to dominating a 78-51 victory over No. 13 seed Penn State this afternoon at Verizon Center. And it likely sealed the fifth-seeded Spartans’ 20th straight berth in the NCAA tournament.

MSU starts strong, cruises past Penn State Detroit News
Until another team hoists the trophy on Sunday, Michigan State is still the defending champion at the Big Ten tournament. On Thursday afternoon against Penn State, the Spartans showed they had no intention of giving up that title easily as they jumped on the Nittany Lions early and cruised to a 78-51 victory at the Verizon Center.

Three Takeaways from Michigan State’s B1G 78-51 Victory The Only Colors
Well, that is a fun way to start the weekend! A complete and total departure from the Spartans first meeting with Penn State this season, the Spartans looked clean and tight. All signs are good so let’s not waste time and dive right in.

Highlights, top players vs. Penn State Spartan Avenue
Not many people could have predicted a Michigan State basketball win quite as emphatic as the one it had on Thursday afternoon over Penn State. The Spartans, needing a win, came into the game with something to prove. They jumped out to a huge lead and never looked back.

MSU coasts by Penn State, 78-51 State News
In the nation’s capital, the Spartans looked presidential in all facets defeating the Penn State Nittany Lions, 78-51. Snubbed from the Big Ten All-Freshman team, freshman forward Nick Ward showed his determination early to prove he deserved the honor. Ward scored nine points in just seven minutes played to start the first half while also grabbing 6 rebounds in that time. For the game, Ward finished with 15 points and 9 rebounds.

Michigan State Defeats Penn State, 78-51
Miles Bridges and Nick Ward had 15 points and nine rebounds apiece, and Michigan State rolled into the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament by breezing past weary Penn State 78-51 Thursday. The fifth-seeded Spartans (19-13) will next face No. 4 seed Minnesota on Friday. Michigan State, the defending Big Ten champion, is seeking its fourth title in the last six years.

Spartans took gamble that paid off in preparation for Penn State Spartan Tailgate
After his Spartans cruised past the 13-seed Nittany Lions 78-51 in Washington D.C., Izzo admitted that he and his staff gambled a bit during the week. “You take a chance when you do this, but we looked at how Nebraska finished, and we guessed that Penn State (would win),” Izzo said, via a transcript. “So probably put 75/25 into that. It almost changed.”

Spartans cruise past Nittany Lions in Big Ten tournament isportsweb
Michigan State hit the floor running in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament, and didn’t let up on the Nittany Lions until the game was far out of reach, beating Penn State 78-51 and earning a spot in the quarterfinals against Minnesota on Friday.

What he said: Tom Izzo praises ‘our best game’ in 78-51 win over Penn State Land of 10
“We did remove the diapers when the regular season ended,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said Thursday in one of his most peculiar uses of metaphor. Well, hopefully it was a metaphor. He meant to indicate how his young team remains a work in progress. But after a 78-51 win over Penn State in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament, he acknowledged that it looks as good as ever.

Offensive execution, defensive intensity leads Michigan State to rout MLive
Michigan State spent the days leading up to its postseason opener talking mostly about defense and rebounding. Those are the Tom Izzo staples this time of year, and what failed them in their loss against Penn State earlier in January. But when the ball was tipped on Thursday afternoon at the Verizon Center against the Nittany Lions, the Spartans found their offensive chops in good shape, as well.

Talkin’ Spartans: On thumping Penn State, looking ahead to Minnesota Detroit Free Press
Lansing State Journal sports columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press / LSJ MSU beat writer Chris Solari break down the Spartans’ 78-51 win over Penn State and look ahead to Friday’s Big Ten quarterfinal against Minnesota.