Little things are a focus for Izzo as his Michigan State team takes its new No. 1 national ranking into the remainder of its Big Ten schedule, starting with a Thursday home game against Maryland (8 p.m., FS1). "I told the guys in the locker room after the game that if we score six goals on a weekend, that's enough to win two games if we defend well".
Head coach Tom Izzo said part of the reason why Ward was pulled from the game against Rutgers was because the forward was not responding well to double teams.
Huerter conceded that there were some positives to take from the game. They hit eight of their first 10 shots and were shooting at 60 percent before Michigan State hit its stride. "I think when you play good defense and you shoot well, that means you're playing both ends of the court and I think we earned the right to feel good about that but let's not lose perspective". Johnson has two of the nation's five 20-20 games this season.
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And so, when team leader Miles Bridges discovered the team had only seven turnovers with about seven minutes to play Thursday, he got fired up.
The Cougars have just two wins this season.
Ten players scored for Michigan State, which shot an identical 57.1 percent from the field and from 3-point range.
Ward has played more consistently as a sophomore and changed his approach. Cekovsky and Fernando again started at power forward and center January 4 - as they did against Penn State - but the results were different against the No. 1-ranked team in the nation. "I think they'll change some things up just to keep us off-balance but I would suspect to see a lot of 3-2 zone". "I looked up, and we were down 2". They seemed to forget they were down to nine scholarship players.
Huerter didn't completely agree with Turgeon's postgame comment that he thought the Terps "got better" playing as they did early against the Spartans.
"That's something I grew up [doing], something my dad always taught me to do - never stop until you can't play anymore", Cowan said.
Turgeon said Michigan State's defense is what sets this group apart from some of the other formidable teams he has run into on trips to East Lansing. "That's one goal and we'll continue to strive for it each and every day".
Maryland is coming off a 75-69 win over Penn State at home for its seventh straight victory. However, the Terrapins are still adjusting to season-ending injuries to forwards Justin Jackson and Ivan Bender.
This isn't going to be easy for the Spartans.
"It's a rivalry game because it's Purdue, but it could be the Sisters of the Poor walking in here tomorrow and it wouldn't matter", Moren said. "Beating a Top 25 team gives us confidence going against the next Top 25 team", coach Lisa Bluder said. Freshman Jaren Jackson had 15 points, three blocks and two steals despite sitting out all but four minutes of the opening half due to foul trouble.
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