Crisler Center has been the site of plenty of frustration for Michigan State in recent years.
”Just to get a win down there would be definitely important,” Dawson said. “Last year, we came up short. We came close and just to get a win down there would be good for this program and good for myself and Travis.”
The most recent win for the Spartans came in 2010, when Kalin Lucas his a last-second jumper to give MSU a 57-56 win. But since then, it has been all Michigan and a lot of close losses for Michigan State
After a 70-63 loss in 2011, MSU came up one point short as Draymond Green missed a jumper at the buzzer and MSU fell 60-59. A year later gave Tom Izzo what he said “was a tough one” among the worst losses for him at Crisler Center.
With 20 seconds left, Michigan’s Trey Burke stripped Keith Appling in a 56-56 game and raced down court for an easy dunk and a two-point lead. Two more Burke steals and Michigan won 58-57.
”That would probably rank up there because of the way that it happened,” Izzo said.
Michigan State ultimately got the best of Michigan with a win in the Big Ten Tournament title game, but a win Tuesday would mean a lot for the Spartans – including Denzel Valentine, who will be looking to get a winning record against the Wolverines in his career.
”It’s a tough environment and they always play well when they play us,” Valentine said. “Me and Matt (Costello) are tied now in our games, so this is a big game. …
”We want to go up in our series so we’ve got to win a down there.”