Michigan State Cruise Past Maryland Basketball 91-61

Michigan State Cruise Past Maryland Basketball 91-61

However, Maryland doesn't just have to worry about Michigan State's offense as the defense ranks up there in the top-15 in points allowed per game and is No. 1 in blocks.

The Terrapins (13-4, 2-2) had won seven straight.

The Spartans looked every bit of a national title contender.

Maryland withstood the Spartans hot shooting during the first fifteen minutes of the game which featured an offensive barrage that had both teams trading buckets back and forth. Ohio State is also 1-4 ATS in their last five overall and 6-15 ATS in their last 21 games following a straight-up win.

Michigan State has six Big Ten games on its schedule before a trip to College Park on January 28. Michigan State shot 57.1 percent from the floor for the game and assisted on 30 of its 32 made baskets. She finished with a career-high 22 points to go along with eight rebounds in her most productive outings of the year. The momentum shifted in favor of the Spartans after Nick Ward recovered a loose ball near Michigan State's bench.

Ward was limited to a season-worst three points in 11 minutes of court action in the Spartan's December 5 meeting with Rutgers, but the sophomore has shot 60 percent or higher in every game since then, and has shot 75 percent or better the last five games.

Michigan State and Ohio State have a common opponent in North Carolina.

Cutler Martin gave MI its first lead 1:39 into the third period with a shot from the corner that bounced off a Spartan player and past goaltender John Lethemon and into the net. That game will hopefully take the bad taste out of the Terps' mouths. Sophomore Kevin Huerter scored 14 points in the opening half to pace the Terps, who played to a 27-27 tie with the hosts at the 7:04 mark in the opening half.

Cowan, meantime, had 26 points on 8-for-17 shooting and dished out four assists. Cowan had some success doing so, like on this jumper over Joshua Langford and on this drive-and-dish to senior Jared Nickens. However, the Terrapins are still adjusting to season-ending injuries to forwards Justin Jackson and Ivan Bender.

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Over at Value City Arena on Sunday, the Michigan State Spartans and the Ohio State Buckeyes will be matching up on the college basketball court.

Only three Terps made more than one field goal, and only two players made more than two.

Maryland played the number one team in the country about as tough as they could have missing two frontcourt players.

Michigan State closed out the blowout without another turnover. Morsell got the starting nod from Turgeon and drew the assignment of guarding Bridges, while Tomaic played 14 minutes with Cekovsky and Fernando in foul trouble.

Barnett played for Michigan State in the late 1980s, but he'd have more responsibilities if he left his alma mater for Florida State.

Wisconsin will have had about a month to adjust to playing without Trice and King by the time its Big Ten schedule opens today at home against Indiana.

Barnett, an OH native, is in his 11th season at Michigan State.

Ward finished with a team-high 16 points in the Maryland victory, and said he won't reveal what his go-to move is.

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