Michigan State Spartans
Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine celebrated Feb. 14 in style, sinking a 3-pointer with 3.2 seconds remaining to give Michigan State a 59-56 victory over No. 23 Ohio State.
The Spartans finished 7 of 18 at the line, showing why they entered the game 14th in the conference in free throws and 321st in the nation.
“I went for a run this afternoon because I wasn’t worried about anything,” Dantonio added. “No drama. It was nice.”
Although neither team is ranked, Sunday’s game is still a big one with potential NCAA tournament implications.
Michigan and Michigan State are not only unranked, neither team received a single point in the latest AP Poll.
“This is a little more concerning,” Izzo said. “We’ve got parents calling and wondering.”
MSU’s Travis Trice scored 23 of his 27 points in the second half, and Denzel Valentine finished with 21. Branden Dawson tied a career-high with 18 rebounds to go with his eight points.
The teams will play in 2016 at Michigan State and in 2020 at BYU. The 2016 meeting will be the first ever between the programs.
Maryland (17-2, 5-1) sank 11 3-pointers and limited the Spartans (12-6, 3-2) to 3-for-17 shooting from beyond the arc.
The extra session was finally kind to the Spartans, who had lost their first three overtime games this season, including a double-OT defeat against Maryland late last month.