Michigan State is now 1-0 in Big Ten play after defeating Nebraska by a final score of 86-57. Here are a few takeaways from the game. Nick Ward is a beast This is something you probably know already, but it needs to be said again. Nick Ward is a beast down low. How he didn’t make the Big Ten All-Freshman team last year is beyond me, but that’s another discussion. Right now, he’s making a case for being put on one of the All-Big Ten teams this year. The Spartans are loaded with talent in the post and he might not get a ton of minutes, but Ward is as efficient as it gets and he’s making the most of his minutes. Against Nebraska, Ward scored 22 points, grabbed seven rebounds and shot 10-13 from the free-throw line. Ward’s skill set will allow him to get to the free throw line often this year, and his ability to knock them down at a decent rate will be big going forward. Jaren Jackson Jr. is really good when he’s able to stay on the court One of the biggest problems for incoming freshman in college basketball is

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