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2/11 Recap: Michigan State Holds On

Michigan State, Maryland, Penn State, and Minnesota each added a tally in the win column on Saturday.

NCAA Basketball: Iowa at Michigan State Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

A sweatpants Saturday with four Big Ten games? It was exciting. Here’s all you need to know about what happened on Saturday.

Big Ten Game of the Day:

- Michigan State Spartans, 77, Iowa Hawkeyes 66

Miles Bridges did this en route to his 16-point performance on Saturday.

Michigan State was able to hold Peter Jok to four points, his second-lowest scoring game of the season. He went to the free throw line and made nine of his 11 from there to end up in double-figures. Iowa’s shooting struggles prevented them from being able to win, as Tyler Cook was the only other starter in double-figures with 13. For a bench that usually produces in games, Cordell Pemsl was the only one to score in double figures.

For Michigan State, Cassius Winston and Nick Ward came off the bench to score a combined 26 points, which helped Michigan State to the win. Josh Langford was the only other starter besides Bridges to score in double-figures, but Michigan State’s bench gave them the boost they needed to take the game from the Hawkeyes.

The Rest:

-Minnesota Golden Gophers 72, Rutgers Scarlet Knights 63

An up-and-down Minnesota team payed a visit to the RAC in a Saturday afternoon match up. Minnesota looked like they were going to give this one away to Rutgers at multiple points throughout the game, but they were able to hold on and win. Here’s what we learned about this game.

-Penn State Nittany Lions 83, Illinois Fighting Illini 70

Coming off of a huge win at Northwestern on Tuesday, Illinois had a huge opportunity to extend their win streak at home. Instead, they fell in a game in which John Groce’s hot seat became even hotter. Groce is getting the players on the recruiting trail, but they aren’t developing.

Groce went with a lineup change and started Kipper Nichols in place of Jalen Coleman- Lands. Unfortunately, the lineup change didn’t help. Nichols only scored 6 points, and Coleman- Lands came off the bench to score 12.

Illinois let Lamar Stevens and Tony Carr do whatever they want on the floor. They combined for 40 of Penn State’s 80 points.

After the game, the talk of Groce and his hot seat grew. Is it time to let Groce go? It’s time.

Maryland Terrapins 86, Ohio State Buckeyes, 77

While Maryland came away with the win, Ohio State was impressive with JaQuan Lyle missing the game due to a family emergency.

Ohio State is a tough team and they made Maryland fight for this win. Here’s what we learned about the Terrapins win.