January 4th, 2018

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Spartans return to Big Ten play with 91-61 win over Maryland Spartan Tailgate
Not much changed Thursday night in Michigan State’s return to Big Ten play. The new No. 1 team in the country flexed its muscle against short-handed Maryland, running away for a 91-61 win. The victory made it 14 straight wins — all by double digits — for the Spartans, who moved to 15-1 on the year and 3-0 in the Big Ten.

No. 1 Michigan State beats Maryland by 30 in return to Big Ten play MLive.com
The last time Michigan State was on a basketball floor with a Big Ten team before Thursday, it struggled down the stretch in a less-than-impressive win over Rutgers in December. On Thursday night, the Spartans issued a reminder of why they’re the overwhelming favorites to win the conference.

Couch: 3 quick takes on Michigan State’s 91-61 win over Maryland Lansing State Journal
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch gives his initial thoughts on the Spartans’ 91-61 win Thursday night against the Terrapins at Breslin Center.

Michigan State proves worthy of No. 1, shells Maryland, 91-61 Detroit Free Press
If this is what Michigan State plays like with a No. 1 ranking, it could be a long winter for the rest of the Big Ten. The Spartans used a full-throttle attack — 3-pointers early, baskets in the paint late, defense all night — and steamrolled Maryland on Thursday night, 91-61, at Breslin Center.

Top-ranked Spartans clamp down, clobber Terrapins Detroit News
Michigan State played its first game as the No. 1 team in the nation on Thursday night and followed the same formula that helped it earn that top ranking. Hot shooting, unselfish play, and defense that overcame a slow start all contributed as Michigan State beat Maryland, 91-61, at the Breslin Center to win for the 14th consecutive time and remain perfect in the Big Ten as conference play resumed.

No. 1 Michigan State overwhelms shorthanded Maryland in 91-61 win Land of 10
Michigan State (15-1, 3-0 Big Ten) backed up it’s No. 1 ranking on Thursday with a 91-61 thrashing of Maryland (13-4, 2-2) at home in the Spartans’ return to Big Ten play. Michigan State has now won 14 games in a row. Four players scored in double figures, led by Nick Ward with 16 points. The Spartans outscored 47-29 in the second half.

No. 1 Spartans crush Maryland to resume B1G play Impact Sports
It may have been bone-chilling in East Lansing at tipoff, but Michigan State men’s basketball kept its sizzling hot winning streak going in the opener to the rest of the Big Ten season. The newly-minted No. 1 Spartans began the 2018 calendar with a dismantling of their first Big Ten opponent in a month, routing Maryland 91-61 Thursday night at the Breslin Center. The Spartans (15-1 overall, 3-0 Big Ten) played two Big Ten games in early December, defeating Nebraska and Rutgers.

No. 1 men’s basketball cruises past Maryland, 91-61 State News
The No. 1 men’s basketball beat the Maryland Terrapins, 91-61, Thursday night at the Breslin Center. It was the Spartans third matchup against a Big Ten opponent and the team’s first since a Dec. 5 meeting with Rutgers.

What Tom Izzo said after Michigan State’s 91-61 win over Maryland Land of 10
Though it was close at the beginning of the game, No. 1 Michigan State men’s basketball took off and flew past Maryland in a 91-61 victory on Thursday night in East Lansing. The Spartans were led by 16 points from Nick Ward and 15 from Miles Bridges and Cassius Winston in the effort.

No. 1 Michigan State Beats Maryland 91-61 with Balance MSUSpartans.com
Miles Bridges had 15 points, seven assists, six rebounds and two blocks to help No. 1 Michigan State turn a closely contested game into another rout, pulling away to beat Maryland 91-61 on Thursday night. The Spartans (15-1, 3-0 Big Ten) went on a 15-0 run late in the first half to take control and led 44-32 at halftime. They refused to be content with the 12-point lead, building 30-plus point cushions in the second half by diving for loose balls, playing tough defense and finishing with a season-high 16 3-pointers.

Michigan State routs Maryland for 15th win of the season isportsweb
Through 15 minutes of play, this game looked like it was going to be a battle. That quickly changed, as the Spartans ended the first half on a 15-3 run and continued to dominate throughout the second half, winning by a final score of 91-61. The Spartans were able to dominate despite Cassius Winston and Joshua Langford (MSU’s No. 3 and 4 leading scorers) combining to score 18 points on 41 percent shooting from the field.

MSU makes resolution to cut down on turnovers Detroit News
While some people are vowing to lose weight in the new year, there was a different resolution in mind for the Michigan State basketball team. There hadn’t been much that needed fixing through the first two months of the season save for one glaring problem — turnovers.

Michigan State basketball’s balanced effort overpowers Maryland, 91-61 Detroit Free Press
If this is the type of balance Michigan State plays with as the No. 1 team in the nation, it could be a long winter for the rest of the Big Ten. Swishing 3-pointers. Pounding the paint. Moving and sharing the ball. Not turning it over, either. Rebounding. Running. Defending.

Michigan State basketball’s star talent illuminated by selflessness Detroit Free Press
The assists came from everywhere, from every spot on the floor, and from nearly every position. And when Michigan State plays like this, whipping the ball from side to side, from the paint to the perimeter and back, from one end of the arena to the other, there isn’t a team in the country that can beat them.

Couch: Kenny Goins might just make you love him again – one 3 at a time Lansing State Journal
“Straight euphoria.” If you were wondering how Kenny Goins felt as he floated back down the court toward his Michigan State teammates Thursday night after knocking down two 3-pointers and blocking a shot in between, that was it.

Michigan State’s depth on display in 30-point win over Maryland MLive.com
Michigan State had made 123 3-pointers entering Thursday night’s game against Maryland. Junior forward Kenny Goins had made none of them. So when Goins caught a pass behind the line with 15:03 left in the first half, leaving him open was the prudent defensive move. Yet Goins stepped up and made his first career 3-pointer. Then, to the surprise of most in the arena, including the opposing coach, he hit another three minutes later.