Winston was 1 of 8 before making five straight shots in the second half, including a 3-pointer to give Michigan State its first lead midway through the second half. Their late-season key losses came against Michigan, Michigan State, Illinois, and Penn State.
Ignas Brazdeikis scored 20 for the Wolverines, but he fouled out with 5:10 left in the game. This is exactly what happened in the second half. They were not composed and they made a lot of silly mistakes.
Now, the model has locked in on Michigan vs. Michigan State. Maryland is 10-0 when Smith scores at least 15 points. Without Ward and Langford, Winston has taken it upon himself to get the frontcourt of Xavier Tillman and Kenny Goins more involved.
So who wins Michigan State vs. Michigan? MI simply lacks shooters yet the majority of their perimeter players refuse to go inside. They also need to shoot the ball better. Instead of isolation scoring, MI needs to move the ball, attack the basket, and then kick it out for open shots.
Michigan State: The first-seeded team will open the conference tournament quarterfinals Friday. But they got things together in the nick of time.
The Spartans are 17-4 against the spread in their last 21 games against a winning team and 14-5 ATS in their last 19 Big Ten games.
Tonight's MI and MSU game is on the ESPN cable TV channel with a start time of 8 pm EST / 5 pm PST.
MI held Bruno Fernando and Anthony Cowan Jr.to a combined 9-for-28 shooting in that game. That type of margin is ridiculous. What he's been able to do with Michigan State being down a couple of starters has been impressive.More news: China sets robust growth target to shore up cooling economy
MI is 19-7 against the spread in its last 26 road games and 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games following a win. There were multiple times where Jon Teske looked lost out there.
MI led 40-34 at halftime and rallied from a 67-59 deficit with 8:15 to play.
"This is point guard heaven - Michigan State", said Cleaves, who led the school to a second national title in 2000 after Magic Johnson won its first in 1979.
Unfortunately for MI fans, that wasn't the case.
Matthews averaged 12.8 points per game and Teske 9.7 points and 6.7 rebounds. Tonight, however, that wasn't the case. That advantage grew to 35-23 with just more than three minutes to play in the half before Michigan State started to show some life.
This year's Big Ten Tournament will get underway in a few days.
It was a sold out crowd of 14,797 at the Breslin Center on Saturday night where the Spartans and Wolverines battled for a regular season Big Ten championship. John Beilein has built a reputation of getting his team to play their best basketball in the tournament.