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Michigan State Spartans guard Bryn Forbes hit zero shots from behind the 3-point arc against Maryland, didn't get to the free-throw line and had only four points. Most might have thought the Spartans would have lost to Maryland in the Big Ten Tournament with one of the hottest shooters in college basketball being cold.
Instead, MSU will advance with a 64-61 win over Maryland and will play Purdue on Sunday.
#2 MICHIGAN STATE
Michigan State advances to Sunday’s Big Ten Tournament Championship game against Purdue. The No. 2 and No. 4 seeds have met twice before in the title game (2000 and 2013) and both times the No. 2 has won the tournament crown. Michigan State is 25-14 in tournament games.
The Spartans have won 12 of their last 13 games, improving their record to 28-5. Michigan State has a 7-1 record in its last seven games they’ve played in the Big Ten Tournament.
For his career, Tom Izzo’s coaching record is 99-42 (.702) in the month of March. Izzo has the best record of any other coach in the Big Ten Tournament with .774 (24-7).
Denzel Valentine has 1,617 career points, ranking 11th in Michigan State’s all-time scoring records. His season total of 220 assists now ranks ninth-best all-time among Big Ten players. He’s among nine Big Ten players who have 10+ assists in a tournament game (tied with five others for seventh place).
With 10 career Big Ten Tournament games, Denzel Valentine became the first player in tournament history to accumulate at least 100 points (119), at least 50 rebounds (59) and at least 40 assists (49).
All 10 Spartan players who entered today’s game scored at least two points. Michigan State hit eight three-point field goals against Maryland, raising its total to (302) for the season.
MSU held Maryland without a field goal l from 10:26 of the second half to 0:15 (Melo Trimble’s layup). That cut MSU’s lead to 62-61.VIDEO SHOT BY DEREK YOUNG FOR SPARTAN DIGEST