January 7th, 2018


No. 1 Michigan State falls to Ohio State in stunning 16-point loss MLive.com
One of Michigan State’s mantras this year has been to “be different” in its performance as a top-tier college basketball team. In a season that has featured an inordinate number of shocking losses to top five teams, the Spartans have spent the season determined to avoid one of their own. On Sunday, it joined the club with a loss that counts as one of the most shocking the sport has seen this season.

Ohio State upset will benefit Spartans in long run Spartan Avenue
Everyone knew a trip to Columbus would be tough, but no one expected a blowout. The game was tight through the first 19, or so, minutes of the game, but Ohio State pulled away from Michigan State right before the half to take a 12-point lead into the locker room.

Stunner! No. 1 Michigan State crushed by Ohio State Detroit News
Michigan State’s run as the No. 1 team in the nation will be a quick one. That much is clear after the Spartans faced their most significant road test of the season on Sunday and failed miserably in an 80-64 loss to Ohio State at Value City Arena.

No. 1 Michigan State blown away at Ohio State , 80-64 Detroit Free Press
It was almost as if Michigan State took a time machine to Value City Arena. Another hot start. Another collapse. More problems from its bench. Only this time, it was a battle for first place in the Big Ten. And the Spartans could not mount any semblance of a comeback. And most likely will lose their No. 1 ranking after only a week.

No. 1 MSU shell-shocked on the road by unranked Ohio State State News
The last time Nick Ward and the Spartans paid a visit to Columbus, Ohio State was just too much to handle. Maybe next year the forward from Gahanna, a town about 10 miles from Columbus, can win a game so close to his hometown. In front of a crowd of 17,599 at the Schottenstein Center, No. 1 MSU (15-2, 3-1 Big Ten) dropped its first conference game on Sunday to an Ohio State team that throttled MSU, 80-64.

Couch: 3 quick takes on Michigan State’s 80-64 loss at Ohio State Lansing State Journal
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch gives his initial thoughts on the Spartans’ 80-64 Sunday against the Buckeyes in Columbus.

No. 1 Michigan State dominated in 80-64 loss at Ohio State Land of 10
No. 1 Michigan State (15-2, 3-1 Big Ten) won’t be the nation’s top-ranked team for much longer after suffering an 80-64 blowout loss at the hands of unranked Ohio State (13-4, 4-0 Big Ten) on the road on Sunday. Miles Bridges and Josh Langford led the way for the Spartans with 17 points apiece, while Cassius Winston added 12 points and 6 assists. Michigan State hit just 39 percent from the floor and turned the ball over 12 times to Ohio State’s 6.

No. 1 Michigan State crumbles in 80-64 loss at Ohio State Spartan Tailgate
Michigan State went to Columbus as the No. 1 team in the country looking for a 15th straight win. Instead, the Spartans left with an 80-64 loss to Ohio State that was even worse than the score would indicate. MSU shot just 39 percent from the field, including 7-for-25 from behind the 3-point line. Worse yet, Michigan State allowed the Buckeyes to shoot 52.5 percent from the field, led by a career-high 32 points from junior forward Keita Bates-Diop.

Three takeaways from Michigan State’s loss to Ohio State isportsweb
It seems like we’ve said this a lot in college basketball this year, but No. 1 has gone down. This time, it’s Michigan State. The Spartans were simply overpowered in Columbus, as the Buckeyes handed MSU an 80-64 loss. Here are a few of my quick takes from the game.

Tom Izzo takes blame for Michigan State’s loss to Ohio State: ‘I didn’t do a very good job’ MLive.com
There was no fire and brimstone from Michigan State’s fiery coach after the Spartans’ 16-point loss at Ohio State on Sunday afternoon. Instead, Tom Izzo made a point to mostly blame himself and his team’s coaching in the wake of his team’s 80-64 loss, which broke a 14-game win streak and likely cost his team it’s No. 1 ranking.