And then there were two: MSU makes easy work of Nebraska
It all comes down to two. Two more games for MSU. At Indiana on Tuesday. Against Ohio State next Sunday.
And thanks to Purdue, it looks like the Big Ten title race is down to two teams: MSU and OSU.
The Spartans knocked off Nebraska easily 62-34 on Saturday, staying in first place in the conference.
It was a big night for Draymond Green who recorded his 1,000th career rebound, becoming just the fourth player in MSU history to hit that figure. He had 20 points and 10 rebounds, but what else is new.
Against Nebraska, he came out firing and hit canned a 3-pointer out of the gate after Adreian Payne slammed a ball home after driving around his defender.
Brandon Wood stayed hot after having 13 points at Minnesota, dropping in seven against the Cornhuskers. He had several great passes and played an all-around great game, a very welcome sign for MSU fans. He showed more than just a desire to shoot 3-pointers, having a couple good drives, as well.
The Spartans, by no means a prolific 3-point shooting team, hit 9 of 20 3-pointers. In the middle of stretch of 10 consecutive shots to open to the second half, MSU hit four threes in a row — including two from Russell Byrd.
Byrd had a career-high six points and displayed the pure shooting touch that MSU fans have wanted to see from him.
Austin Thornton hit three 3’s on his way to nine points. And for the stunning team leader, Derrick Nix had five assists — maybe making his case to be the next Draymond.
Ohio State plays Wisconsin tonight, and if the Buckeyes win, they will remain a game behind MSU in the standings as March 4 looms large for both the Spartans and Buckeyes.
Top 2014 recruit in attendance
At a couple points, the Izzone chanted “We want Tyus!” at 2014 point guard Tyus Jones, who was in attendance. Jones, rated by Rivals.com as the No. 7 player in the 2014 class, is one of the top targets for Tom Izzo. Izzo has reportedly attended more of Jones’ games than any other coach.
This should show why: