Michigan and Michigan State will play in a marquee matchup on Monday night in the Michigan-Michigan State basketball series that has never been played in the state.
The Wolverines are 6-0 against the Spartans, and they won 89-75 on Nov. 3 in Ann Arbor, but the Spartans are 6.5 games under .500 and are in the process of a two-game losing streak.
Michigan is coming off a 79-62 loss to Indiana in the Big Ten Tournament.
Michigan has won the last three games of the series, but Michigan State is coming into the game having dropped three of its last four.
Michigan leads the series 2-0.
Michigan coach John Beilein said after the game that Michigan State’s defense has been a big issue for the Wolverines.
“I think we’ve done a really good job on that side of the ball,” Beileis said.
That’s why we’re playing with the same type of energy we’re always playing with.” “
We’ve done it at the point of attack and we’ve been able to do that.
That’s why we’re playing with the same type of energy we’re always playing with.”
Michigan’s frontcourt of Justin Jackson, Tyler Gaudette and Nick Ward has been solid against the other team’s guards, and it was Ward who gave Michigan the lead early in the third quarter.
Ward scored seven points in the period, including two 3-pointers.
Michigan led by as many as 11 points in most of the second half.
It got a break in the fourth quarter, when Jackson scored seven straight points.
Michigan’s second unit, which featured the three seniors and one freshman, was able to get in front of the Spartans defense in the paint.
“They made a couple plays and we didn’t make many,” Michigan senior guard Alex Kennedy said.
The Spartans have won three straight games and have scored 90 points or more twice.
The only other game this season in which Michigan won at least 90 points was a 109-102 win over Purdue on Feb. 27.
The last time Michigan beat Michigan State in Annapolis was Nov. 15, 2012.
The Red Raiders won that game by a point with the score tied at 80-all.
Michigan had two players score in double figures and the Wolveries were 12 for 22 on 3-point attempts.
Michigan shot 53 percent from the field, the lowest mark in the conference.
Michigan went on to beat the Spartans in overtime, 99-99.
The teams last meeting in Annamites Big Ten Championship Game was a 70-68 win on Dec. 4, 2013.
This one is more of a back-and-forth affair.
Michigan started fast, but then gave up seven points late in the second quarter.
“You have to come out with the fire you got, because we had it in the game,” Kennedy said of the Wolverys’ late-game performance.
“The first quarter, we didn’ want to get up early, and we had to keep it up.
The Spartans will be without their leading scorer, senior guard Nick Ward, who is nursing a strained left hamstring. “
It’s going to be a tough game, because they’re really good at what they do, but it’s going’t be easy.”
The Spartans will be without their leading scorer, senior guard Nick Ward, who is nursing a strained left hamstring.
He did not return to the game and has been ruled out for the rest of the season.