#11 Terrapins Fall to Michigan State

#11 Terrapins Fall to Michigan State

"Coach says all the time that we have to make the winning plays", Sanders said.

Can No. 4 Michigan State bounce back in a big way when the Spartans host Rutgers tonight at 7PM ET?

Despite the team's low conference ranking, five of Rutgers' seven losses on the season have been by no more than 10 points, and four of those defeats have been by no more than five points. "You can't just hone in on one of them, you have to play well against all of them".

There's no question, Miles Bridges must be more aggressive.

Guard Taryn McCutcheon led Michigan State with a career-high 25 points on a career-high six 3-pointers, including two in a 27-second span in the third quarter that turned a four-point margin into a double-digit cushion. Maryland shot 36 percent from the floor to Michigan State's 43 percent from the field at intermission, compounding poor offense with uncharacteristic errors.

Miles Bridges was held scoreless at the intermission, going 0-for-3 in 13 minutes of work. Does he have it in him to take over a game? "I'm good at that". The sophomore was averaging 9.6 points and 4.3 rebounds.

This weekend's series against MI state, which ranks second-to-last in the conference defensively and has allowed 20 goals in its current four-game losing streak, provides the Badgers their last best shot to get their offense firing on all cylinders before they plunge back into the teeth of the Big Ten schedule. The Knights are scoring just 59 points on the road and giving up 85.5 per game.

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Christinaki, who found out she was starting during warmups before the game, had 13.

Bridges' first bucket of the contest game at the 7:41 mark in the second half, attacking the bucket and finishing with an acrobatic, left-handed finger roll. Guard Shay Colley had 17 and Sidney Cooks had 10.

"I like the fact that we're taking care of the ball".

The men's basketball team's two closest wins this season have both come against the same team: The Rutgers Scarlet Knights.

"They're a tough team, they're a big team", Ward said. "Cassius made a great pass and that's a shot I shoot so many times so I felt like I was going to hit that shot". Deshawn Freeman is adding 11.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per contest. I think that's a huge improvement from previous year. Rutgers is one of only two teams to out-rebound the Spartans in a game this season.

That series sparked a turnaround for last year's Badgers, with a pair of 5-1 victories that started an 11-4-0 midseason run that catapulted Wisconsin into Big Ten and tournament contention. Tip-off is set for noon, with television coverage on FOX.

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