Michigan State Spartans lead the all-time series with Ohio State, 70-57, although the Buckeyes own a 37-24 advantage in games played in Columbus. The Spartans have won 30 of the last 44 games in the series. Tom Izzo is 25-14 in his career against the Buckeyes. MSU’s 19-point victory marked the largest win over Ohio State since the Spartans downed the Buckeyes 84-58 on Feb. 4, 1998, in Columbus.
Michigan State has made 252 3-pointers this season as a team, leaving them one shy of tying the 1999-2000 squad’s mark of 253 for third all-time in MSU history.
Michigan State owns a Big Ten-best 44-27 (.618) mark in conference road games over the last seven-plus seasons (since the start of 2008-09 Big Ten play). Wisconsin is 39-30 and Ohio State is 39-32 on the road in that same stretch.
Michigan State is a perfect 20-0 when leading at the half. The Spartans have also shown the ability to bounce back when trailing at the half, overcoming halftime deficits vs. Kansas (35-41), Louisville (29-32) and Oakland (37-50).
Michigan State is 10-1 this season when committing the same number or fewer turnovers than its opponent, with the lone loss coming in overtime vs. Purdue. The Spartans have had single-digit turnovers in 11 games, just turning it over nine times at Ohio State compared to the Buckeyes 11.
Seniors scored the first 10 points of the second half after being challenged by Tom Izzo at the half. Senior forward Matt Costello, senior guard Bryn Forbes and senior guard Denzel Valentine combined for 60 of the team’s 81 points (.740).
Senior guard Bryn Forbes led the Spartans with 27 points, knocking down 7-of-10 from beyond the arc. Six of his seven 3-point field goals came in the second half. It was his best performance since scoring 29 points at Michigan (2/6), where he made 8-of-10 3-pointers. Forbes is shooting .494 from 3- point range on the season.
Senior forward Matt Costello scored in double-figures for the eighth time in the last 11 outings. Costello finished the game with 16 points, making eight field goals.
Senior guard Denzel Valentine finished in double figures for the 21st-straight game, recording 17 points. Valentine, who averaged a Big Ten-best 7.3 assists per game, dished out eight assists, while limiting himself to just two turnovers. His assist-to-turnover ratio in the past five outings is 3.8. With Valentine's 17 points he moved into 17th spot passing Keith Appling and Draymond Green. He now has 1520 points for his career.
The Spartans .636 3-point percentage tied a season high set back on Feb. 6 at Michigan, when MSU made 14-of-22 from range. Michigan State made 14-of-22 against the Buckeyes, as well.