Ohio State passed biggest test, rest of Big Ten is proving ground

Florence Fletcher
January 12, 2018

The Spartans celebrate in the locker room following their 42-17 victory over No. 18 Washington State in the Holiday Bowl.

"They doubled after he touched it", Izzo said.

Upsets have become the norm in college basketball this season, and No. 1 Michigan State was the latest to suffer a setback Sunday against Ohio State.

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer was in attendance for the big win.

Bibbins had 22 points and six assists to lead the Utes (10-5, 2-2), who also lost to No. 14 Arizona on this homestand.

This game was fun and memorable and poignant for Ohio State, but it was a mile marker, not the end.

Holtmann said Thursday that he hasn't watched a lot of the Spartans yet. "We all know we've had some tough stuff to deal with, players have had some tough stuff, so to see them celebrate and enjoy, I just feel really happy for them".

"Right now he can get away with it on the high school level, but in college he will need improvement in that area, said Stephens. We just executed our game plan". Michigan State is 3-1 against top-40 teams in the KenPom rankings, while Ohio State's four losses have all come against top-40 KenPom teams.

Maryville 90, Ferrum 58: Colt Nokes and Dante Hoppa had 21 points each for the visiting Scots (9-3, 6-0 USA South) in their rout of the Panthers (3-8, 1-2). However, Penn State needs points to wrap a favorable seed and home ice in the Big Ten tournament. There was nobody moving, nobody screening.

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Considering the depths of despair the program endured over the last couple of seasons with bad losses and indifferent play from guys who would transfer, move on or get kicked out, it was. MSU struggled to put Rutgers away until late in its 62-52 win in Piscataway, N.J., on December 5.

Izzo chalked that up to a team that's still young and still not used to life as the No. 1 team in the country.

Michigan State 20, Ohio State 20 (H1, 7:52): Michigan State regained the lead through strong offensive play by Josh Langford.

The 12-0 run for Ohio State at the end of the first half included a critical technical foul on Izzo, and the coach was placing plenty of blame on himself.

Still on top. The Spartans look a bit more vulnerable than they did before Sunday, but one game won't ruin a team's résumé.

"They did big double, guard-big double, double from baseline, double from outside", Ward said. In the case the Spartans can't find their shots, they expect their defense to make up for it.

With a 12-point halftime lead, Ohio State didn't let their foot off the gas pedal in the final 20 minutes. "This isn't the first time we've done it, and it won't be the last". No. 13/13 Maryland defended its home court with an 80-64 win over No. 18/17 Iowa on Wednesday, while No. 10/10 Ohio State held off No. 22/20 MI in Ann Arbor with a 78-71 overtime win. We could go in the tank for the next couple of weeks. They had won 14 consecutive games coming into Sunday, with their next matchup coming on Wednesday night when they host the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.

"It forces us to stay together", star sophomore Miles Bridges said. "There are a couple of areas where we're going to get better".

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