It was a highly-anticipated match-up between two Big Ten squads that are vying for a conference crown as the regular season hits its stretch run.
The Wolverines features one of the more potent offensives within the conference this season, but Michigan was virtually stifled in their trip to East Lansing. A raucous crowd fueled the Spartans’ blowout as things quickly got out of hand.
Following the loss, head coach John Beilein had only one way to put his team’s performance, but at the same time he was quick to credit the Spartans’ effort on Tuesday night.
“Michigan State, as you saw today, really has an excellent team. I’ve believed that all year long. They really played like that today. That was the worst we played in a long, long time and credit Michigan State for that,” Beilein said.
For the Wolverines, it’s nothing more than a game to forget. Michigan must take the loss, learn from it and look to get back on track in their next contest. There is still plenty of time for the Wolverines to compete for a Big Ten title; there is no doubt about that.
Michigan guard Tim Hardaway Jr. added this after the game, “We got killed, man, and it’s embarrassing that everyone was watching on national TV. We just got embarrassed.”
The Wolverines will play host to Penn State on Sunday. The Nittany Lions are currently winless within league play.
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