Now the ball’s in your court, Sparty.
Keith Appling could miss a couple weeks for No. 9 Michigan State because of a right wrist injury.
Adreian Payne scored 12 points in his return from a foot injury, and No. 9 Michigan State kept pace atop the Big Ten with an 82-67 victory over Penn State on Thursday night.
This was just the second meeting ever between the schools with Michigan State winning the other in the second round of the 1986 NCAA tournament.
The Spartans continue through a tough stretch of games without Adreian Payne. “We’ve just got to move on,” Izzo said Monday.
A home loss to Michigan State’s biggest rival, with first place on the line? That was painful enough, and Izzo took a softer approach.
Nik Stauskas made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 3:12 left and finished with 19 points and freshman Derrick Walton Jr. scored a season-high 19, lifting No. 21 Michigan to an 80-75 win over No. 3 Michigan State on Saturday night to remain the only Big Ten team without a conference loss.
Both Michigan and Michigan State have proven they can play well while short-handed – and each team should have more than enough adrenaline to put forth an inspired performance this weekend.
Coach Beilein said he knows the Wolverines need some extra toughness down the stretch to have a chance Saturday in Breslin Center,
Michigan State’s latest film session was a major flop.