Michigan State-Northwestern Postgame Notes

March 14, 2014

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  • Attendance for session 4 is 18,596 (sellout). Attendance for day two is 37,192.
  • Two-day attendance for the tournament is 74,384.


  • The Spartans hold a 20-13 record in Big Ten Tournament play and hold an 11-6 record in the quarterfinals.
  • Michigan State leads the all-time series against Northwestern, holding an 85-38 advantage over the Wildcats, including 20 of the last 22 meetings.
  • The Spartans are 4-0 against Northwestern in the tournament, including a 3-0 mark in the quarterfinals.
  • Sophomore G Gary Harris recorded 13 points in the win over Northwestern. Harris has scored in double figures in 27 of 29 games in which he has played this year.
  • Junior G/F Branden Dawson's 16 points mark the 10th time he has scored in double figures this season.
  • Dawson collected a game-high nine rebounds
  • The Spartans, who give up 66.2 points per game on average, allowed 51 points to Northwestern. The 51 points allowed is the second fewest points allowed against a Big Ten foe this season.
  • Michigan State leads the Big Ten at 5.0 blocks per game. Tonight, the defense registered eight blocks, led by Gary Harris (three).
  • The Spartans improved to 24-2 when outshooting the opponent.
  • MSU owned a +16 rebounding margin. Michigan State is 18-5 when outrebounding its opponent.
  • Dawson led all scorers in the first half with 10 points.
  • The Spartans shot 55.2 % (16-29) from the field in the first half, and 40.0 % (4-10) from three-point range.
  • Michigan State owned a 20-6 advantage in points in the paint and a 14-3 advantage in bench scoring during the first half. Its biggest lead of the half was 20 points.
  • Fifteen Michigan State players saw the court for game action Friday night.


  • Senior F Drew Crawford finished with 21 points, moving to second on the Northwestern career scoring list with 1,920. It was his 19th game with 15 or more points and eighth 20-point game this season.
  • Crawford averaged 17.5 points per game in two tournament games.
  • Sophomore C Alex Olah racked up 10 points, the fifth time in the last six games he has reach double digits. He was 4-of-5 from the field.
  • Sophomore G Tre Demps pulled down a team-best seven rebounds, just one shy of his career mark.
  • For the second game in a row, Demps matched his career best with five assists.
  • This marked the Wildcats' first loss in the state of Indiana this season as it entered the day at 3-0.
  • Northwestern was 6-for-8 from the three throw line, just the fifth time this year it attempted 10 or fewer free throws.
  • The Wildcats out-scored the Spartans in the second half, 29-27.