Little Caesars Arena
The #4/5 Michigan State Spartans fulfilled their Hall of Fame head coach’s March mantra tonight by, “Winning and advancing“ with an 82-78 win over the Bucknell Bison. With the win, the Spartans not only move in the NCAA tournament, but they also improve their record to 30-4 on the season.
While the score at the end was four points, it wasn’t really that close. Spartan Nation had written in our pre-game scouting report and prediction that Michigan State’s depth would be key and Izzo road an 11 man rotation to the win. Xavier Tillman is emerging as an undervalued star and Ben Carter also had impressive minutes and play.
Miles Bridges had 29 points and nine rebounds for the Spartans. Joshua Langford recovered from his eight-game skid to drop in 22 points and Cassius Winston rounded out the Spartans in double digits by garner 11.
On the night the Spartans had a disappointing 10 turnovers but owned the boards with a 40-28 advantage. The Spartans shot 53% from the field while holding Bucknell to just 42%. Michigan State had 32-18 advantage with points in the paint and had 21 assists on 31 baskets.
The Spartans return to action on Sunday taking on Syracuse. That game tips at 2:40 ET from right back here at the LCA.
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