Now, the model has locked in on Michigan vs. Michigan State. His players, hats turned backward, dressed in their new Big Ten championship T-shirts, stood off to the side, ready for the celebration to ensue. Michigan State got the better of the Wolverines on the road by a final score of 77-70.
Michigan State is coming off a 91-76 win at home over Nebraska to bounce back from a 63-62 loss at IN last weekend.
Michigan State: Hall of Fame coach Tom Izzo won his ninth Big Ten regular season title despite missing two of his best players, Nick Ward and Joshua Langford, due to injuries.
Michigan Wolverines guard Zavier Simpson (3) warms up prior to a game against the Michigan State Spartans at the Breslin Center.
MI built a nine-point lead at the beginning of the second half.
Winston's success as a passer continued in his sophomore season, when he led the Big Ten in assists again with 241. The Terrapins shot 68.8 percent from the field in the third quarter.
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Cassius Winston is leading the team with 18.8 points and 7.6 assists per game while Ward was averaging 15.1 points and 6.7 rebounds per contest.
With a top-10 preseason ranking, Michigan State went into 2018-19 with high expectations.
"It speaks volumes about the University of Maryland and the program and the legacy", said Brenda Frese, who has coached Maryland to 457 wins.
It marked the first time the Big Ten had a tie at the top since Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State did it in 2012. The Spartans are favored by four points, with the over-under for total points set at 135.5 in the latest odds. He is one of three players in the conference to average double figures in both categories; the others, Wisconsin's Ethan Happ and Minnesota's Jordan Murphy, were also first-team selections.
Bruno Fernando has 20 double-doubles this season. MI is 26-4 on the season, 15-4 in the Big Ten, 7-3 on the road, 17-13 against the spread and 17-12 with the under.
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