January 13th, 2018

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Moritz Wagner’s 27 points lead Michigan to upset win over No. 4 Michigan State MLive.com
In a rivalry that dominates interest and emotions in the state of Michigan, the player born and raised in Germany led the visiting team to a significant upset win. Unranked Michigan upset No. 4 Michigan State, 82-72, on Saturday afternoon at the Breslin Center behind a career-high 27 points from junior forward Moritz Wagner.

No. 4 Spartans lose bragging rights game against Michigan Impact Sports
Ranked in the top-five and hosting an unranked rival, not many thought No. 4 Michigan State could lose to their hated rivals from an hour down the road in their only regular season matchup. They thought wrong. The Michigan Wolverines came into the Breslin Center and handed the Spartans their first loss on their home court this season, 82-72. The Spartans lost their second game in a week that also saw them struggle to put away Rutgers.

Michigan State falls to rival Michigan 82-72 Spartan Tailgate
For the third straight game Saturday afternoon at Breslin Center, No. 4 Michigan State looked nothing like the team that won 14 straight double-digit games during the month of December and early January. In their only shot against in-state rival Michigan, the Spartans turned the ball over 17 times and allowed Wolverines big man Moe Wagner to go for a career-high 27 points on 8-for-13 shooting in an 82-72 loss. Jaren Jackson Jr. and Miles Bridges each finished with 19 points, but the latter turned it over four times, as did point guard Cassius Winston who tallied a season-low two assists.

No. 4 MSU stunned by U-M for first home loss of the season State News
In his first taste of the historic in-state rivalry, freshman forward Jaren Jackson Jr. did everything he could Saturday afternoon and the Spartans needed every bit of it. And then some. Jackson scored a team-high 19 points, but No. 4 MSU was unable to overcome Michigan in front of a sold-out crowd at the Breslin Center, 82-72.

Couch: 3 quick takes on Michigan State’s 82-72 loss to Michigan Lansing State Journal
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch gives his initial thoughts on the Spartans’ 82-72 loss Saturday against Michigan at Breslin Center.
Michigan State basketball misses its chance vs. Michigan, 82-72 Detroit Free Press
If this was Michigan State basketball’s only chance this season against Michigan, the Wolverines erased one goal from the Spartans’ checklist. Moritz Wagner sparked an 11-2 run for the Wolverines deep into the second half, and the Spartans had few answers and fewer big-moment plays from their stars in an 82-72 loss Saturday at Breslin Center.

Sloppy No. 4 Michigan State stalls in 82-72 home loss to Michigan Land of 10
No. 4 Michigan State (16-3 overall, 4-2 Big Ten) suffered its first home loss of the year, dropping its only regular season game against rival Michigan (15-4, 4-2) on Saturday, falling 82-72. Michigan finished with 7 turnovers while forcing 18, leading to a 26-7 advantage in points off those turnovers. Moe Wagner finished with a game-high 27 points along with 4 rebounds for the Wolverines.

Michigan State falls at home to Michigan isportsweb
To predict at the beginning of the basketball season that Michigan would stroll into The Breslin Center and defensively keep the Michigan State Basketball team out of sync for the majority of 40 minutes, I would laugh. However, that’s exactly what happened in East Lansing Saturday afternoon as the Wolverines knocked off No 4. Michigan State 82-72.

No. 4 Michigan State Falls to Michigan, 82-72 MSUSpartans.com
Moritz Wagner scored a career-high 27 points, lifting Michigan to an 82-72 victory over No. 4 Michigan State on Saturday. The Spartans (16-3, 4-2) are struggling, losing two of three games with an overtime win over Rutgers in between the setbacks. The Wolverines (15-4, 4-2 Big Ten) have won eight of nine games this season and two straight against their rivals.

Do Spartans have toughness to contend? Spartan Avenue
You can tell a lot about a team after it gets hit in the mouth. Will it respond and punch back even harder or will it just cower in the corner, waiting for the fight to be over? On Saturday afternoon, it seemed as if Michigan State did the latter as Michigan came to the Breslin Center and pulled off the upset win.

All-around embarrassment leads to rivalry loss for MSU basketball The Only Colors
Embarrassment. There’s not another word for it. One week ago this was a team heralded as one of the nation’s best. Heck, maybe the best team ever assembled at Michigan State. A week goes by, and this is what you have – a team with two lottery picks that will likely not even win their conference. A team that looks, quite frankly, like they couldn’t care less about playing basketball the last three games. A team that has no leader and gets too down when the going gets even a little tough.

Michigan State laments being ‘out-toughed’ in loss to Michigan MLive.com
There are few more difficult sentences for a Michigan State player to utter following a game against Michigan than the one Miles Bridges did as he sat in a dejected home locker room. “They just out-toughed us,” Bridges said. “Simple as that.

Nick Ward limited to four points as Michigan State is upset by Michigan MLive.com
The last time they were on the same floor together, Nick Ward was called for a technical foul for intentionally tripping Moritz Wagner. Wagner earned his payback on Saturday and didn’t need a whistle to do it.

Spartans’ inability to stop Wagner could spell trouble in March Impact Sports
With 18 seconds left in Michigan’s 82-72 win over No. 4 Michigan State on Saturday afternoon, Moritz Wagner picked up his fifth foul. He proceeded to celebrate with his teammates on the bench as the Breslin Center crowd responded with some choice words for the junior forward from Berlin, Germany. When you’re the villain–as Wagner has been for the last two years in East Lansing–a grand exit is the sweetest reward of them all.

Spartans leave Wolverines bloodied but not beaten Detroit News
Early in the first half Saturday, Michigan sophomore Charles Matthews had to go to the Wolverines’ bench to take care of a bloody nose. It was a picture that embodied not only the Michigan State-Michigan rivalry, but more often than not, showed that Michigan State is a team that takes it to its opponents, priding itself on being the aggressor.

Michigan State needs ‘soul-searching’ after ‘sick’ loss to Michigan Detroit Free Press
Moritz Wagner mean-mugged and winked his way around Breslin Center on Saturday. Tom Izzo saw. Jaren Jackson Jr. saw. Michigan State fans saw. And there was nothing they could do about it. “Watching them celebrate? It was sick,” freshman forward Jackson said. “Everything about it was sick. It’s never a good feeling.”

Miles Bridges: We keep giving wins away Detroit Free Press
Everything became harder when Michigan State needed Miles Bridges to produce. Yes, the sophomore scored 10 of his 19 points in the second half of the fourth-ranked Spartans’ 82-72 loss to Michigan.