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#2 MICHIGAN STATE
Michigan State moves on to Saturday’s Big Ten Tournament semifinals and will face the winner of the #3 Maryland/#11 Nebraska game. This will be the Spartans’ sixth consecutive appearance in the semifinals and their 13th overall.
The Spartans have won 11 of their last 12 games, improving their record to 27-5. MSU has a 6-1 record in its last seven Big Ten Tournament games.
Including tonight’s game, MSU and Ohio State have played in three of the Spartans’ five most recent games. MSU won each game by an average margin of victory of 20.3 points.
For his career, Tom Izzo’s coaching record is 98-42 (.700) in the month of March. Izzo has the best record of any other coach in the Big Ten Tournament with .767 (23-7)
Denzel Valentine came into the game averaging 19.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7.8 assists per game. Tonight, he totaled 19 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Valentine now has 1,599 career points, passing Morris Peterson (1,588 points, 1996-2000) and Raymar Morgan (1,597, 2007-10) into 11th place on MSU’s all-time scoring list. In tenth place is Mike Robinson with 1,717 points (1972-74).
Over a span of his last 11 games, Bryn Forbes has made 53 of his 95 three-point field goal attempts (.558). Three of those games were against Ohio State and Forbes hit 11-of-24 triples (7-of-10, 1-of-6, and 3-of-8). For the season, he’s made 107 three-pointers, trailing only Drew Neitzel (114, 2006-07) and Shawn Respert (119, 1994-95).
MSU hit five straight shots in the first half from 16:56 to 13:55, but from that point until the intermission shot just 5-of-22 (.227). In the second half, the Spartans shot considerably better (20-of-33, .606).
Michigan State held Ohio State to just 1-of-11 (.091) shooting from long distance, the best effort this season (.118 vs. Binghamton, 12/5/15). The Spartans entered tonight’s game allowing their opponents only .306 success from beyond the arc.Video By Derek Young for Spartan Digest