The Michigan State Spartans returned home to the Breslin Center on Sunday, welcoming in a Rutgers Scarlet Knights team that is ‘0fer’ in the Big Ten this season and just 2-24 since joining the league last year.
Not only do they steamroll their competition, they cover the spread set by Vegas (MSU -28), defeating the Knights, 96-62.
Michigan State (19-4, 6-4) drained 16 3-pointers in Thursday’s game against Northwestern and responded with another 17 on Sunday, tying a school record. Seniors Denzel Valentine and Bryn Forbes combined for 38 points, including 12-22 from behind the long line. Fellow senior Matt Costello posted another double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds. He and freshman Deyonta Davis ripped down 25 rebounds together, the Scarlet Knights had 27 as a team on the evening.
Rutgers (6-16, 0-9) is in the midst of a rebuilding period with their program, they lack a lot of depth and talent on both ends of the floor that they simply cannot match with in the Big Ten. However, freshman Corey Sanders has been a very solid and consistent performer for them all season long. The Knights’ leader in minutes, points and assists tied for a team-high 17 points. Senior Omari Grier had 17 of his own off the bench.
Michigan State assisted on 28 of their 33 made field goals on Sunday. They also more than doubled Rutgers in the rebounding department, 56-27.
The Spartans will have the week off and take the floor again on Saturday, February 6th when they take the short, hour-long drive down I-96 to face against rival Michigan. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. ET on CBS.