Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 1/31/12


Entering tonight’s contest, the Michigan State-Illinois series was tied at 55. The last 13 games in the series have been decided by 10 points or less, and this was no different. And the #9 Michigan State Spartans fell to the Illinois Fighting Illini 42-41.

There was really ugly offense in the first half, by both teams. A 22-20 score is often the result when one team’s best player shoots 2-8 from the floor, and the other team’s best player sits with foul trouble. D.J. Richardson was pretty much the entire offense for Illinois in the first half, socring 7 of the team’s 22 points.

McDonald’s All-American, and local Chicago product Branden Dawson had 7 of the SPartans 20 in the first half. The Illini almost gave the game away down the stretch missing two 1 in 1 front ends in the closing seconds and getting badly out rebounded

“kudos goes to us for the rebounding margin, but goes to the them for causing 16 turnovers, and both teams shot miserably” Spartans Coach Tom Izzo

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Draymond Green, the unquestioned King Leonidas, at least in the on-the-court sense, of these Spartans picked up a technical in the first half at 10:56. He got whistled for an offensive foul, and his reaction warranted a T.  He of course sat the remainder of the half.

Green leads the big Ten in rebounding, and has more double doubles than Jared Sullinger of Ohio State. That truly says something given how everyone had Sully as the preseason conference player of the year.
Green hurt his left leg, and left the game with 3:50 left.

Tonight’s game was Operation Blue Out at the Assembly Hall. Fans were enoucraged to wear blue to beat cancer. Operation Blue Out shirts are available online here. Please help suport this very worthy cause as a proceeds of all shirts sales go to Coaches vs. Cancer

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