The last time the Wolverines were in East Lansing, Bridges had 15 points and 13 rebounds in a 70-62 win as he and his fellow freshmen had a successful debut in the rivalry.
Jackson is the second receiver to leave Michigan State this week as Hunter Rison announced his transfer earlier on. You can stream the game on FOX Sports GO and from your Android or iOS device. The Spartans have been careless with the ball this season, averaging 13.7 turnovers a game, which is just slightly below the 14.3 takeaways MI gets per game.
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"Maryland's a really good team, and winning here is never easy for anybody".
At least they usually do.
The Terrapins' defense was lax from the start and Michigan State took advantage.
That'll be an huge challenge today, though, as he'll be going up against an MSU frontcourt that consists of 6-8 sophomore Nick Ward and 6-11 freshman Jaren Jackson. "We've done a better job this year just one of those days we didn't do a very good job, so I'm not anxious about quicker guards, I'm anxious about somebody just gritting their teeth and getting the job done".
"It's going to be tough for me to live this down", said Bridges, who will not play the Wolverines again unless they meet in the Big Ten or NCAA Tournaments - if the sophomore star enters the National Basketball Association draft as expected. This is a Spartans team that has been a fixture in the top five of the polls all season and features preseason All-American Miles Bridges, fellow projected lottery pick Jaren Jackson and a heralded supporting cast. (2) reacts during the first half of a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Jack Breslin Student Events Center. This departure is tough for the Spartans to swallow because it looked like Jackson would be a star in the offense after the spring game.
"I told Miles he's gotta be more selfish with the ball", Izzo said. The 6-foot-8 sophomore played a career-high 34 minutes, recording his fifth double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds along with a team-high three blocked shots. He would rather see Bridges create for himself than build on his 3.1 assists per game.
"Yeah, they played harder than us", senior guard Lourawls Nairn said. "But he can take that to the church league 50 years from now". It was a bit more disconcerting when they needed overtime to survive lowly Rutgers at home three nights later.
"He kept moving in there", Izzo said.
They play tough defense and rebound, a formula for success Izzo has used for 23 seasons at Michigan State.
Interior play could be the determining factor in the outcome.
Izzo put much of that blame on his guards and not Nick Ward, who played just 14 minutes. The Wolverines this year are in the same spot Michigan State was a year ago, looking to find a primary point guard on a consistent basis. Mike Williams had nine points and eight boards.
"This will hurt for a day or two, because this is a big game to me", Izzo said. "Tonight we played a well coached team that is physical as the day is long".
The Spartans are going to have to come out aggressive considering they have had some issues the past few games.
"They pose a lot of problems", Pikiell said.