February 13th, 2018





Michigan State blows out Minnesota behind 27 points from Jaren Jackson Jr. MLive.com
By the time Cassius Winston swished a 3-pointer while falling over after a foul, it was clear that this was going to be Michigan State’s night. By the time the game was over, the Spartans had gotten off to its best start in program history.

Couch: 3 quick takes on Michigan State’s 87-57 win at Minnesota Lansing State Journal
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch gives his initial thoughts on the Spartans’ 87-57 win Tuesday night at Minnesota.

Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State basketball dazzle Minnesota, 87-57
Detroit Free Press
Cassius Winston swished a 3-pointer. And then another. And another. Jaren Jackson Jr. drained a 3-pointer. And then another. No. 1 Michigan State kept making one after another from deep, hitting 10 3-pointers in the first half and coasting to an 87-57 victory over Minnesota on Tuesday night at Williams Arena.

‘Special player’ Jackson leads MSU in rout over Minnesota Detroit News
Jaren Jackson Jr. didn’t want to face any more questions about getting into foul trouble. The Michigan State freshman has seen his playing time hampered severely at times this season — the last five games, especially — as his propensity to foul early and often has left him on the bench instead of making an impact on the court. On Tuesday night at Minnesota, Jackson showed why it’s so important.

No. 2 men’s basketball destroys Minnesota on the road State News
It just kept coming. It started with three straight 3-pointers from point guard Cassius Winston. Then forward Jaren Jackson Jr. knocked down two straight shots from deep. The Spartans (25-3, 13-2 Big Ten) kept making one 3-pointer after another and hit 10 shots from deep in the first half to ease past Minnesota (14-14, 3-12) 87-57 at Williams Arena on Tuesday night.

Jackson’s Career Night Leads No. 2/1 Michigan State Past Minnesota, 87-57 MSU Official
Freshman forward Jaren Jackson Jr. poured in a career-high 27 points and No. 2/1 Michigan State hit 14 3-pointers en route to an 87-57 win over Minnesota in a Big Ten Conference men’s basketball game at Williams Arena Tuesday night.

Izzo appreciates Engler’s backing on ESPN report Detroit News
On Tuesday afternoon, Michigan State interim president John Engler criticized a recent ESPN report that questioned how the MSU basketball and football programs have handled cases of sexual assault and violence toward women. In a letter to the Michigan State community, Engler defended basketball coach Tom Izzo and football coach Mark Dantonio, calling the report “a sensationalized package.”

Couch: Jaren Jackson separates Michigan State from most of the best of college basketball Lansing State Journal
When Tom Izzo talks about his team’s raw talent, when opposing coaches mention Michigan State’s high ceiling, they’re talking about one thing, or person — Jaren Jackson Jr. He’s the raw talent with the most room to blossom. He’s the ceiling that’s so dang high.

Jaren Jackson sets career-high for points on foul-free night MLive.com
Jaren Jackson Jr.’s box score line on Tuesday night featured plenty of impressive numbers: a career-high 27 points, 5-for-8 3-pointers, three blocks. Perhaps the most impressive number, though, was a zero in the column for personal fouls.

Nick Ward turns it around in 2nd half of Spartans’ win over Minnesota Detroit Free Press
It was nine frustrating minutes for Nick Ward, followed by nine dominating minutes. Michigan State’s enigmatic sophomore forward shook off early fouls and turnover problems to score 11 of his 13 points in the second half of the No. 1 Michigan State Spartans’ 87-57 victory over Minnesota on Tuesday night. “The first half, I was a little frustrated,” Ward said. “I always say to myself, ‘It’s a new half, just act like it’s the beginning of the game and a fresh start.’”

Jaren Jackson Jr. delivers career night as No. 1 Michigan State off to program-best start Detroit Free Press
Cassius Winston swished a 3-pointer. And then another. And another. Jaren Jackson Jr. drained a triple. And then another. The No. 1 team in the nation played like it Tuesday. And set another record along the way.

Jackson scores career-high 27 in MSU’s 87-57 win over Minnesota Spartan Tailgate
Michigan State jumped out to a big lead with a 3-point barrage in the first half and extended it by dominating inside in the second on the way to an 87-57 road win over Minnesota on Tuesday in Minneapolis.