March 10, 2017
Both of Session Four’s games (Michigan vs. Purdue and Minnesota vs. Michigan State) were intensely competitive. In 85 minutes of action, the games were tied for 27 minutes and 26 seconds. The contests were tied on 23 occasions and there were 29 lead changes. Both games stayed within three possessions (nine points) throughout.
Michigan State was particularly effective on the offensive boards against Minnesota, collecting 19 altogether. Of the Spartans’ 25 first-half rebounds, 12 were of the offensive variety. That trend continued in the second half (7-of-16)
Miles Bridges dominated MSU’s scoring, accounting for 20 of his team’s 58 points.
Michigan State’s freshman class scored 41 of its team’s 58 points vs. Minnesota.
Nick Ward had 15 points and 11 rebounds, his fifth double-double of 2016-17.
Michigan State out-rebounded its two Big Ten Tournament opponents, 85-65. The Spartans totaled 44 rebounds vs. Penn State in their opening game, a Big Ten Tournament record for the program.
With the 63-58 win, the Golden Gophers advance to the semifinals and will play No. 8 seed Michigan, Saturday at 1 p.m. This will be Minnesota’s fifth-ever appearance in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals. Minnesota is 1-3 all-time against Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament.
After losing the previous two matchups, today’s victory for Minnesota marks its first win over Michigan State this season. The Gophers are now 3-1 vs. the Spartans at the Big Ten Tournament.
Minnesota improves to 24-8 with the victory over the Spartans and has now won nine of its last 10 games. The Gophers now have 16 more wins than they did last season (8-23 in 2015-16). It’s Minnesota’s most successful turnaround ever in back-to-back seasons.
Minnesota is now 13-2 when it hold its opponents under 70 points.
Minnesota held Michigan State to just 19-of-58 (32.8%) shooting from the floor, which ties for the Spartans’ lowest mark of the season (vs. Kentucky on 11/15/16). The Gophers are now 23-5 when they hold their opponents to less than 50% shooting. The Gophers held Michigan State to 26 points on 8-of-29 shooting from the field (27.6%) in the first half. The Spartans were also held to just 3-of-16 (18.8%) from 3-point range in the first 20 minutes.
Jordan Murphy totaled 10 points and 13 rebounds, giving the sophomore his 12th double-double of the season. It is Murphy’s 19th game with at least 10 points and his 13th game with at least 10 rebounds.
Junior Reggie Lynch totaled five blocks against the Spartans, his 11th game this season with at least five blocks. Those five rejections tie a Minnesota Big Ten Tournament record for blocks in one game (Ralph Sampson III vs. Northwestern in 2009).
Lynch scored 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field. The six made field goals ties a career-high for the redshirt junior and marks the 15th time this season that he’s scored in double figures.
Amir Coffey scored 13 points, his 20th game this season with at least 10 points.