Rapid Reaction: Michigan knocks Michigan State out of B1G Tournament

Basketball

Michigan (4)?beats the Michigan State Spartans (1) for the second time this year, 75-64.

A match up in the B1G Tournament between two rival schools with the winner headed to the championship game. What more could you ask for?

The game was chippy from the jump.

Spotty offense

Michigan’s offense got off to a blazing start behind Zavier Simpson and Charles Matthews. The two players had all of their team’s first 13 points, which came so quickly that the Wolverines held a 9 point lead.

Those 13 points only took 3 minutes and 30 seconds to put on the board, but it took Michigan the last 16:30 of the half to find another 13 points. MSU really looked to increase their defensive intensity and it showed.

In the second half, everything was coming up Michigan.

The Wolverines shot 67 percent from the field and 72 percent from beyond the arc in the second half.

Wagner and Robinson

Both Moe Wagner and Duncan Robinson have been hot lately, and the two are a huge reason that the Wolverines have gotten this far.

Those same two players were completely cold in the first half. They only accounted for 3 points in the first half, and all 3 of those points were free throws.

The two?upperclassmen got it going in the second half and combined for 28 total points.

Player of the game – Charles Matthews

What a year it has been for Charles Matthews.

In this game he came out really hot, knocking down shots and creating for others.?Matthews guarded into tough matchups and held his own, and he kept Michigan State off the boards about as well as?you can.

Charles Matthews?finished?with 12 points (3-6),?6 rebounds, and 3 assists.

Hopefully this game can be a boon for his confidence and he comes out with the same energy he did this game.

Quick thoughts

  • Michigan did an incredible job of playing defense and contesting shots without fouling – MSU only shot?10 free throws.
  • All 5?Wolverine starters reached double-digit points

 

Here is a link to the full box score.

 

Michigan is set to play the winner of Penn State (7) and Purdue (3) in the B1G Championship game tomorrow at 4:30 pm EST.

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