Michigan State pummeled by Vernon Carey-led Duke, 87-75 Detroit Free Press
Tom Izzo implored his Michigan State players to avoid turnovers. He also really wanted Vernon Carey to be a Spartan. Neither thing happened. No. 8 Duke took advantage of miscues by No. 12 MSU early. The Spartans’ giveaways turning into breakaway points the other way, their struggles at the free-throw line costing them easy points.
No. 11 Michigan State Falls to No. 10 Duke, 87-75 MSUSpartans.com
Michigan State’s men’s basketball pulled to within single digits early in the second half, but could not get any closer en route to an 87-75 loss to Duke in a Big Ten/ACC Challenge game at the Breslin Center Tuesday night.
Michigan State disappoints in 87-75 loss to Duke Spartans Wire
Michigan State got absolutely handled tonight by Duke 87-75 at home. Tillman had 20, Cassius Winston had 12, and Marcus Bingham contributed 13. Aside from that, it was a pretty tough game to watch for MSU basketball fans as Duke outsized and outgunned MSU behind the strong play of Vernon Carey Jr. and Tre Jones.
Former Michigan State top target Vernon Carey Jr. powers Duke past Spartans MLive.com
Vernon Carey Jr. was on the Breslin Center floor for warmups about 90 minutes before tipoff time and his presence didn’t go unnoticed by the Izzone. The Michigan State student section booed the Duke freshman center’s made shots, cheered when they didn’t go in and were on him most of the game.
Couch: MSU is going nowhere until it gets Aaron Henry right Lansing State Journal
Aaron Henry is becoming an enigma. He was visibly upset at times during Michigan State’s 87-75 loss to Duke. And MSU coach Tom Izzo was visibly upset with him. Izzo benched his sophomore wing for a good chunk of the night and then couldn’t explain Henry’s performance, which included two shots in 21 minutes.
‘Outcoached, outplayed, outworked’: Duke spoils Michigan State’s party Detroit News
Tom Izzo was as blunt as he could be late Tuesday night at Breslin Center. “Outcoached, outplayed and outworked,” Izzo said. It was about the only conclusion that made sense after No. 10 Duke started quickly and rarely let up, racing past No. 11 Michigan State, 87-75, in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
Michigan State basketball falls to No. 10 Duke, 87-75 State News
A dominant Duke squad, and a solid night for Blue Devil freshman forward Vernon Carey couldn’t be stopped by a No. 11 Spartan team that continues to struggle over the court. The Spartans (5-3) fell 87-75 to the Blue Devils Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge at the Breslin Center.
Niyo: Lopsided loss to Duke must be Michigan State’s wake-up call Detroit News
The stage was set. The stars were out. But a month into the regular season, it appears Michigan State’s basketball team is still holding dress rehearsals. And Tuesday night, with a cast of celebrities on hand for Draymond Green’s jersey retirement ceremony and a revved-up crowd ready for a long-awaited cameo from Duke, that was more apparent than ever.
Michigan State hopes to get ‘underdog mentality’ back after 5-3 start to season MLive.com
“If we fall off a little bit, people count us out a little bit, it never really affected us in the past, I doubt it’s going to affect us now,” Spartans point guard Cassius Winston said. “Just an underdog mentality is kind of what we had all along. Just kind of grind our way through it, figure out what’s going to make us tick, make us play better.”
MSU dominated at home by Duke in ACC/Big Ten Challenge Spartan Tailgate
The Spartans suffered from a lack of inside strength and toughness — attributes that made Green an All-American and, later, NBA champion — against the Blue Devils. Duke, led by bruising freshman center Vernon Carey Jr., come into Breslin Center and bullied MSU on Tuesday night, ripping open a 22-point lead at one point before cruising to an 87-75 victory.
‘Ferocious’ Vernon Carey, onetime MSU target, punishes Spartans Spartan Tailgate
Carey, the No. 6 overall prospect in the 2019 recruiting class, was at the top of Tom Izzo’s wish list during the last cycle when MSU was pushing hard to sign a high-level big man. The Spartans were in it until the end, making the cut for Carey’s final list of three schools, but ultimately Mike Krzyzewski lured him to Durham, North Carolina.
Michigan State ’embarrassed’ by subpar effort in home loss to Duke Detroit Free Press
Xavier Tillman wanted to beat Duke “badly,” probably as much Tom Izzo wanted Vernon Carey to become a Spartan. Neither thing happened. And Michigan State did something that rarely happens to an Izzo-coach team. “We got embarrassed at home,” Tillman said after Tuesday’s 87-65 loss to the Blue Devils in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. “That’s something that, in my whole career of playing basketball, I’ve never gotten embarrassed playing. And this is one off the times I could feel it.”