Cassius Winston: NCAA Tournament Player To Watch

Heather Diaz
March 12, 2019

Nicole Munger scored 20 points for MI, and Naz Hillmon had 16. Maryland is 10-0 when Smith scores at least 15 points.

Michigan State and Purdue have to be circled as the favorites to win the 2019 Big Ten Tournament, especially considering the shaky play of Michigan over the past month or so.

Winston made five straight baskets in the second half to lead a stunning surge and finished with 23 points and seven assists, lifting No. 9 Michigan State to a 75-63 victory over No. 7 Michigan on Saturday night. That disrupted the flow of the Maryland offense enough for MI to win comfortably, 69-62.

Ignas Brazdeikis was really the only MI player to play well offensively tonight. The Spartans are now ranked ninth in the country, with recent wins over Big Ten foes Nebraska, Michigan and Rutgers.

Michigan State: The first-seeded team will open the conference tournament quarterfinals Friday. MI still has time to fix things, but time to do so is certainly running out.

Typically, a lower-seeded team makes a deep run at the Big Ten Tournament, so things should be pretty exciting once again if that tradition holds up.

MI held Bruno Fernando and Anthony Cowan a combined 9-for-28 shooting in that game. Michigan's loss put them at the three-seed, while Wisconsin's overtime win over Ohio State gave them the fourth seed. The Michigan wing players weren't much of a help either.

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"This is point guard heaven - Michigan State", said Cleaves, who led the school to a second national title in 2000 after Magic Johnson won its first in 1979. This is a rivalry game with a ton relying on the final outcome.

Farquhar finished with a team-high 12 points and 11 rebounds, including six on the offensive end, and added a blocked shot and a steal. Zavier Simpson, the six-foot point guard had the same amount. Not only was it Senior Day for the Spartans but the victor of this contest would be co-champions of the Big Ten regular season.

MI will have a few days to prepare for the Big Ten tournament.

The discrepancy should never be as lop-sided as it was tonight and that is one of the biggest reason's Michigan State was able to pull off the win.

The Big Ten Tournament is upon us!

Maryland basketball has proven that youth has nothing to do with a team's ability to play good, quality basketball.

Michigan: Nobody wants to see Michigan in the NCAA Tournament.

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