Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 1/14/12

Was this a huge upset? On one level, yes. Any time the most prominent college basketball program in the Big Ten falls to the program with the least amount of tradition in the conference, it’s huge!

Not to mention it ended the biggest win streak that prominent

On the other hand, Northwestern came in with a RPI of 28 while Michigan State’s number is 6, so it’s not that big of a spread.

Also, last year’s meetings were an OT defeat in East Lansing and a one possession final score in Evanston.

However, when Northwestern defeated Michigan State 81-74, this one seemed to look like a “season definer.”

Maybe it was the all black uniforms.

They looked a lot cooler and menacing than in college football.

The halftime numbers truly fore-casted this upset. At intermission, you had to be really optimistic if you were a Northwestern fan. Michigan State was shooting 65% field goal, 71% from 3. Versus NU going 46%  field goal shooting and 50% from 3. Yet it was the Cats who held  a 2 point lead.

 

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