January 22nd, 2018


Miles Bridges led the Spartans with 31 points on 11-13 shooting. Many coming on alley-oops. Jaren Jackson Jr. had a bit of a coming out with 21 points and 11 rebounds. The story of the night continued to be turnovers as the Spartans turned the ball over on 35.1% of its possessions for a season-high 25. Cassius Winston struggled with Illinois pressure defense and committed 8 of those turnovers while only providing 5 points and 8 assists.

Michigan State shoots its way to 13-point road win over Illinois MLive.com
Turns out, Michigan State’s shooting does travel. The No. 6 Spartans beat Illinois, 87-74, on Monday night at State Farm Center thanks to its most impressive shooting performances of the year. For the game, Michigan State (18-3, 6-2) shot 68.2 percent from the field, its best mark of the season

Michigan State’s turnovers slow dominant night in 87-74 win vs. Illinois Detroit Free Press
One of the benefits of playing a winless team in your conference? Even your mistakes can be overcome. Even if they are coming in abundance. That doesn’t mean Tom Izzo and No. 6 Michigan State are satisfied with their 87-74 victory over Illinois on Monday night. Far from it. Not with how sloppy the Spartans continue to be. But yet …

No. 6 men’s basketball holds off late push by Illinois State News
Men’s basketball (17-3, 5-2 Big Ten) followed up its blowout of Indiana on Friday with an 87-74 victory over Illinois Monday night at State Farm Center, giving the team its second true road win on the season.

MSU basketball turns ball over 25 times, beats Illinois anyway The Only Colors
How do you beat MSU? Well, a good start is making them turn the ball over 25 times. So, how do you win with 25 turnovers? Well, shooting 68 percent from the field is a good start. And out-rebounding a team 40-20 is another good way to do it too. Do both of those, and 25 turnovers don’t deter you from winning a game 87-74.

Torrid shooting saves MSU in untidy road win over Illinois Detroit News
Michigan State was in a fistfight Monday night. At least, that’s the way Tom Izzo saw it and he wasn’t complaining one bit. Instead of lamenting a season-high 25 turnovers or the fact it came against a team that has yet to win a Big Ten game, the Michigan State coach came away impressed with his team’s 87-74 victory at the State Farm Center.


Bridges, No. 6 Michigan State hold off Illinois 87-74 MSUSpartans.com
Miles Bridges scored 31 points, Jaren Jackson Jr. had 21 points and 11 rebounds and No. 6 Michigan State got a harder-than-expected 87-74 win over Illinois on Monday night. Michigan State (18-3, 6-2 Big Ten) shot 68.2 percent, which set a record at State Farm Center for an opponent’s shooting percentage. Illinois shot 43.1 percent.

Cassius Winston, guards struggle with turnovers vs. Illinois Detroit Free Press
Cassius Winston’s eighth turnover was the one that drove Tom Izzo to get in his face. Not because it was the Michigan State point guard’s third offensive foul. But because Winston repeated the same mistake three times.

Michigan State sees growth after surviving dreadful start, 25 turnovers MLive.com
The orange-clad masses that packed the State Farm Center here on Monday night could sense that their highly ranked visitors were flustered from the start. An intense ball pressure defense from Illinois left No. 6 Michigan State out of sorts for the first 10 minutes. Illini fans started to sense the makings of an upset.

Michigan State beats Illinois in sloppiest performance of season Land of 10
No. 6 Michigan State men’s basketball (18-3 overall, 6-2 Big Ten) survived a 25-turnover performance for an 87-74 win over Illinois (10-11, 0-8) on Monday night in Champaign, Ill. Miles Bridges led the way for the Spartans with 31 points, while Jaren Jackson Jr. added 21 and 11 rebounds. No one else finished in double figures for Michigan State. Cassius Winston had 8 assists and 8 turnovers before fouling out.

Bridges, Jackson star in 87-74 road win over Illinois Spartan Tailgate
Miles Bridges led all scorers with 31 points while missing just two shots, and Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 21 points on 5-for-6 shooting to lead the Spartans. MSU shot a season-high 68.2 percent from the field and went 23-for-28 from the free throw line while holding the Illini to 42.4 percent shooting.