The Michigan State Spartans headed into their lone matchup with rivals in Ann Arbor having won back-to-back games by over 30 points and on a three-game winning streak overall.
Meanwhile, the Michigan Wolverines, who had a bad taste in their mouth from a poor performance at home against Indiana on Tuesday, were given another opportunity to prove themselves to the nation how dangerous they are.
On Saturday at the Crisler Center, the Spartans flexed their muscles and showed why they were ranked at No. 1 longer than any team in the country this season season, smashing the Wolverines, 89-73.
The Spartans (20-4, 7-4 Big Ten) had come into Saturday’s tilt having drained 33 shots from downtown in their last two games. That trend continued as they would hit 14 on them against Michigan. Senior Bryn Forbes stole the show in the first half with 23 points, including seven triples. Denzel Valentine flirted with another triple-double, netting 21 points, grabbing nine rebounds and dishing it off 8 times.
Matt Costello finished with 14 points and 8 rebounds.
Michigan (17-7, 7-4 Big Ten) got blasted by Indiana at home just four days ago. What has been the team’s bread and butter struggled again for the second consecutive game against a high-quality opponent. The team was just 8-28 from beyond the long line. Junior Zak Irvin led the team with 19 points. Fellow junior and guard Derrick Walton was the team’s only other player in double-figures with 11 points.
Michigan State will take its modest four-game winning streak to head home at welcome in the Purdue Boilermakers, also trending in the right direction. That game is schedule for Tuesday, February 9th at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Michigan meanwhile will look to bounce back in a big way this Wednesday, but have to travel to Minneapolis and square off with a pesky Minnesota Golden Gophers team that, while gave Michigan fits in their first matchup, has yet to win a conference game this season. That game is set for Wednesday, February 10th at 9 p.m. on Big Ten Network.