March 10th, 2017

Box Score

Michigan State falters down stretch in Big Ten Tournament loss to Minnesota MLive
Michigan State beat up on a lowly Penn State team on Thursday to likely punch its ticket to the NCAA Tournament. But a day later, it stumbled down the stretch against the hottest team in the Big Ten and wasn’t advance any further in the Big Ten Tournament.

Michigan State stumbles offensively in 63-58 Big Ten Tournament loss to Minnesota Land of 10
Now, the Spartans wait. After beating Minnesota (24-8, 11-7 Big Ten) twice during the regular season, Michigan State (19-14, 10-8) couldn’t make it three, falling 63-58 to the Gophers on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament at the Verizon Center. On Selection Sunday, the Spartans will see where they’re headed for the remainder of the postseason. A 20th straight NCAA Tournament looks to be the likely destination.

Minnesota upends Michigan State, 63-58 in Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal isportsweb
Following their blowout victory over Penn State, the Michigan State Men’s Basketball team took on Minnesota in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament Friday. This was the third meeting between the two teams; with the Golden Gophers trying to exact revenge after the Spartans won the first two.

MSU goes cold, falls to Minnesota 63-58 in Big Ten Quarterfinal Spartan Tailgate
No. 5 seed Michigan State couldn’t overcome a difficult offensive outing and lost to No. 4 seed Minnesota 63-58 Friday in the Big Ten Tournament. The Spartans got 20 points from Miles Bridges and 15 out of Nick Ward but shot just 32.8 percent from the field as a team and didn’t have any other player finish with more than six points.

Michigan State falls to Minnesota … and now must wait Detroit Free Press
The shots weren’t falling for Michigan State. The defense couldn’t stop Minnesota in the paint. Yet the fifth-seeded Spartans clawed and scraped all afternoon today before falling to the Gophers, 63-58, at Verizon Center.

No 3-peat, MSU falls to Minnesota in Big Ten tournament Detroit News
They say it’s hard to beat a team three times in one season, and that proved to be true on Friday as fourth-seeded Minnesota beat No. 5 Michigan State, 63-58, in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament at the Verizon Center.

Spartan offense stifled in 63-58 loss to Minnesota State News
The No. 4-seeded Minnesota have advanced to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals after defeating No. 5 MSU Friday, 63-58 at the Verizon Center. With the loss, MSU has been eliminated from the Big Ten Tournament.

Three Takeaways: MSU falls in Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals, 63-58 The Only Colors
That game was vintage Big Ten Basketball. Ugly shooting, rattled teeth and some extremely questionable officiating. Luckily for the Spartans their NCAA Tournament bid appears to be safe in spite of falling to Minnesota today. They were squarely in entering the game and it’s hard to imagine a five-point loss to a Top 25 RPI team knocking them off a soft bubble.