February 17th, 2018


Road warriors: 24-0 run spurs Spartans in comeback win Detroit News
Michigan State was done. With less than a half to play Saturday afternoon against Northwestern, the second-ranked team in the nation, one that was suddenly in a position to win a Big Ten championship, was dead in the water. The Wildcats dominated for the first 20 minutes, and just 70 seconds in the second half, the Spartans trailed by 23.

Couch: 3 quick takes on Michigan State’s 65-60 win at Northwestern Lansing State Journal
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch gives his initial thoughts on the Spartans’ 65-60 win Saturday over Northwestern in Rosemont, Illinois.

Michigan State comes back from 27 down to beat Northwestern on the road MLive.com
When Northwestern hit a pair of free throws with 16:20 left to go up by 21 points, Michigan State was playing its worst basketball of the year and appeared poised to squander an unexpected opening in the Big Ten title race. What followed was a remarkable eight minutes of basketball in which Michigan State went from lethargic to dominant and saved the game.

Takeaways from Michigan State Basketball’s win over Northwestern
What a game this was. At one point, Michigan State was down by 27 points. However, the Spartans fought back in the second half and squeaked out a 65-60 win. The win keeps the Spartans in good position for a Big Ten Title

Michigan State uses huge second half to knock off Northwestern isportsweb
In a game filled with serious Big Ten title implications, No. 2 Michigan State (26-3, 14-2 B1G) overcame one of its worst first halves and used an incredible second half to knock off Northwestern (15-13, 6-9 B1G) 65-60.

Michigan State holds Northwestern to 11 second-half points, wins 65-60 Land of 10
Michigan State was ranked as the No. 2 team in the country going into the game on Saturday at Northwestern, but the Wildcats showed early that they did not care how good the Spartans are supposed to be. By halftime, the Wildcats led, 49-27. With the 22-point deficit, a Spartans comeback at the time seemed to be doubtful. Within just 12 minutes of play in the second half, however, the game was tied at 53.

MSU tops Northwestern 65-60 with biggest comeback in B1G history Spartan Tailgate
Trailing by 27 points at one point in the first half, Michigan State went on a 24-0 second-half run to take the lead and eventually steal a 65-60 win over Northwestern on Saturday at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill.

No. 2 Michigan St. Rallies to Beat Northwestern MSU Official
Cassius Winston scored 17 points and No. 2 Michigan State erased a 27-point deficit on Saturday to beat Northwestern 65-60, extending its winning streak to 10 games. Nick Ward added 15 points and 10 rebounds. Miles Bridges hit four free throws in the final minute, and the Spartans (26-3, 14-2 Big Ten) used a huge second half to pull out the win

No. 1 Michigan State completes incredible comeback, beats Northwestern, 65-60 Detroit Free Press
Everything was rounding into form for Michigan State. A No. 1 ranking. Upsets in the Big Ten. A chance for a championship. And then Northwestern erupted for a first half that looked like all of those dreams would be vaporized, putting the Spartans down by as many as 27 points.

Michigan State needs to keep Cassius Winston on the court Detroit Free Press
Michigan State showed why it could lose on the first weekend of the NCAA tournament Saturday afternoon at Allstate Arena. And then MSU showed why it could win it all by rallying for a 65-60 victory over Northwestern.

No. 2 men’s basketball beats Northwestern despite 27-point deficit State News
Northwestern lost two straight games and three out of its last five coming into Saturday’s matchup with the second-ranked Spartans and was without senior point guard Bryant McIntosh. The Wildcats suited up only eight scholarship players. But for most of Saturday’s game, it looked like none of that was going to matter.

One basket at a time, Michigan State records the biggest comeback in Big Ten history MLive.com
As Michigan State players left the court at Allstate Arena on Saturday afternoon, they did so to a throng of Spartans fans cheering them on after the game had already ended. Tom Izzo left minutes later to a hearty applause in what was technically a visiting arena.

Michigan State goes from shaken to stirring in historic comeback win Detroit Free Press
This was not the kind of history Michigan State expected to make. Not this season, with its championship chances and dreams. Not ever, but especially not after becoming the No. 1-ranked team (No. 2 AP) in the nation. But less than 16 minutes into Saturday’s game with Northwestern, the Spartans were getting bombed by 27 points. And they looked shell-shocked.

Couch: Epic comeback shows Michigan State is peaking again as March looms Lansing State Journal
If Michigan State tries to pull this off again in the NCAA tournament, it might be headed home early. But, man, there aren’t many teams in college basketball that can do what MSU did on Saturday against Northwestern. Another sign of a gifted team becoming great.

Winston cashes in during MSU’s momentous run Detroit News
Miles Bridges might be Michigan State’s best player. Jaren Jackson Jr. might be the player that gets drafted higher than any other. But when it comes to who is Michigan State’s most important player, it’s getting hard to not believe that player is Cassius Winston.

MSU vs Northwestern: What just happened The Only Colors
Northwestern couldn’t miss in that first half, starting the game 8 of 12 from three-point land and taking an 18-16 lead with 4:18 left in the first half… Oh sorry about that, Northwestern was winning 43-16 and it was Vic Law on his own who was leading the Spartans 18-16.

Winston, defense leads historic comeback in Spartans’ win at Northwestern Impact Sports
The No. 2 Michigan State men’s basketball team looked all but defeated at halftime on Saturday afternoon in front of what may have been close to a pro-MSU crowd at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL. After one of their worst-played halves in recent memory, the Spartans found themselves down 49-27 after 20 minutes to a Northwestern team that had lost three of its last five games.