Michigan State and Michigan are both coming off tough losses, but that doesn’t diminish the significance of Sunday’s 4 p.m. showdown at the Crisler Center. Follow all the action here with regular posts by Matt Charboneau of The Detroit News.
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Michigan State staged a furious comeback, erasing a 10-point deficit in the final minutes but one final turnover was the difference.
With Michigan ahead by one, Gary Harris threw the ball away as Michigan State failed to get off a shot on its final possession.
Trey Burke scored 21 to lead Michigan while Adreian Payne had 17 for Michigan State and Harris scored 16.
Michigan has taken control, pushing its lead to 10 late in the second half as Trey Burke now has 17 points to lead the Wolverines.
Michigan is 0-for-11 from 3-point range but Michigan State has 15 turnovers to just five for Michigan.
Gary Harris has a chance to cut the lead to seven coming out of the final timeout, but all the momentum is with the home team now.
Michigan State has cut the Michigan lead to four with 7:21 to play behind five points from Keith Appling.
Each team has had plenty of opportunities but neither is taking advantage. Michigan is 0-for-11 from 3-point range for the game while Michigan State has missed all six of its attempts in the second half.
Michigan State continues to play with three players with three fouls while Michigan has just one — Jordan Morgan.
Michigan has pushed the lead to five with some solid play out of Mitch McGary, who has six points in the half.
Michigan State has just two baskets this half and has turned the ball over seven times in less than nine minutes.
Michigan has taken advantage and has the crowd fired up and Michigan State on its heels.
Two Spartans — Gary Harris and Adreian Payne — have three fouls while Michigan’s Jordan Morgan joins them.
Michigan has scored 10 straight points going back to late in the second half to take a 34-31 lead, its biggest of the game.
The Wolverines have benefitted from three charging calls against the Spartans, who lost Gary Harris to three fouls and now has Derrick Nix and Keith Appling with two.
The Crisler crowd is back into the game now as Michigan State has yet to score this half.
Michigan State was on the verge taking control late in the first only to see Michigan score the final four points of the half and turn a seven-point deficit into a three-point hole at halftime.
Adreian Payne has 12 points and four rebounds to lead Michigan State while Gary Harris has seven points. Travis Trice added six points for the Spartans. Trey Burke leads Michigan with 11 points. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Glenn Robinson III each have six points for the Wolverines.
Michigan State has controlled the glass, outrebounding Michigan 21-13 in the first half. The Spartans are only shooting 37.5 percent from the field but have made five 3-pointers while Michigan is 0-for-6 from long range.
Michigan State has done a solid job of keeping the Crisler Center crowd from getting into the game while Michigan has also spent most of the game without Nik Stauskas, who suffered a cut above his eye that required several stiches.
We’ve hit the final media timeout for the half and Michigan State continues to lead behind some solid defense and a solid advantage on the glass.
The Spartans have also hit five of 10 3-pointers while the Wolverines have yet to make on in six attempts.
Trey Burke has nine points and is doing a solid job of keeping Michigan within striking distance. Adreian Payne’s 12 points still leads Michigan State while Travis Trice has come in and scored six as Keith Appling sits with two fouls.
Adreian Payne continues to be the most consistent performer on the court, scoring 12 points and helping push the Michigan State lead to four with 6:43 to play in the first half.
Michigan State continues to control the glass, outrebounding Michigan 17-9. The Spartans are also 4-for-8 from 3-point range while the Wolverines are 0-for-4.
Michigan’s Nik Stauskas still hasn’t returned as getting stiches for a cut above his eye. Whether he gets back in the game remains to be seen.
Michigan State continued to hold a slim lead nearly halfway through the first half, despite turning the ball over five times.
Michigan took advantage of the Michigan State mistakes and erased a four-point deficit with a dunk by Caris Levert and a goaltending call on Branden Dawson.
Adreian Payne continues to carry the Spartans with 10 points. The Spartans are outrebounding the Wolverines 10-5 while both teams are 7-for-15 from the field.
Adreian Payne is off to a quick start for Michigan State, scoring eight of the Spartans’ 10 points in the early going, including hitting two 3-pointers.
Michigan’s Nik Stauskas left the game after getting hit in the face by Branden Dawson, who was following through on a missed slam dunk. The play was reviewed but there was no foul called on Dawson.
Trey Burke has four points for the Wolverines, who held the lead briefly at 8-7.
It’s been a quick pace early and the crowd has been pretty good, despite the fact Michigan’s students are on spring break.
No. 4 Michigan and No. 9 Michigan State will have their second meeting this team with both teams ranked in the top 10. Crisler Center is primed for the big game with a maize-out, complete with maize pom pons on each seat. Although the students are on spring break, the Maize Rage is filled.
Michigan (23-5, 10-5 Big Ten) needs the win to stay in contention for a top-four seed in the Big Ten Tournament and to improve its seeding for the NCAA Tournament. MSU (22-6, 11-4) is looking to stop a two-game losing streak and sweep the series for the first time since 2010.
Michigan has played well at Crisler, winning all 16 games this season at home, and need to get their swagger bag after an embarrassing loss on Wednesday at Penn State. One of the keys will be shutting down MSU’s inside game, which featured Derrick Nix and Adreian Payne feasting inside, complemented by freshman Gary Harris hitting 5 3-pointers.