Michigan vs. Colorado State scouting report: Ex-Big Ten coach in Mountain West analyzes matchup
There are few people better suited to analyze Michigan’s NCAA Tournament matchup with Colorado State than Richard Pitino. As a member of the Mountain West Conference, he faced Colorado State twice this year. Michigan, an 11 seed, is set to face 6 seed Colorado State to open the first round on Thursday (12:15 p.m. Colorado State has juniors and seniors up and down the lineup, and several good outside shooters. “They run great stuff.”The NCAA Tournament often presents entertaining first-round matchups, and Michigan and Colorado State fits the bill.mlive.com
Shockers solidifying shaky spot in NCAA Tournament field
It was their eighth victory this season by five points or fewer, and their highest-ranked victim at home since beating No. Suddenly, a program that began the season in turmoil is on the right side of the NCAA Tournament bubble. At one point the Ducks had six of seven games postponed by COVID-19, and that streak ended with an ugly loss to Washington State. But they followed with five straight wins, including one over fellow bubble-dweller Colorado, heading into an important game against No. That makes their game against Oregon on Thursday night crucial for helping out a shaky resume.
What to expect in rematch as Michigan faces motivated Minnesota
When Michigan and Minnesota face off on Saturday in Minneapolis, just 10 days will have passed since their last meeting. It would have taken closer to 10 months for Minnesota to forget the beatdown Michigan delivered. “We know that they’re not going to accept the way we beat them here and they’re going to be up for the challenge. Both Michigan and Minnesota have played one game since their matchup. Minnesota will certainly be motivated, a factor that can’t be overstated in college basketball.mlive.com
Michigan basketball has put itself in position to win the Big Ten
ANN ARBOR -- A quarter of the way through the Big Ten men’s basketball season, Michigan has emerged as one of the league’s frontunners. Bart Torvik’s analytics site notes that Michigan’s Big Ten slate has been the second easiest so far and will be the second hardest going forward. “They’ve got to get uncomfortable, because everything that they want -- it’s hard.”More Michigan basketball content:What more can Hunter Dickinson do for Michigan? How Michigan became a ‘kick-ass defensive team’Michigan a perfect 10-0 after mauling Minnesota for another Big Ten blowoutMichigan is humming right now. Wolverine Confidential podcast: Michigan basketball teams remain red-hotmlive.com
Michigan basketball gameday: No. 16 Minnesota visits
16 Minnesota Golden Gophers (10-2, 3-2) at No. 10 Michigan Wolverines (9-0, 4-0)Where: Crisler Center (Ann Arbor, Michigan)When: Wednesday, January 6, 8:37 p.m. Minnesota beat Iowa in an overtime thriller on Christmas and followed it up with a 25-point win over Michigan State before losing at Wisconsin. More Michigan basketball content:Michigan excited to face Minnesota’s elite point guard, 7-foot centerWith cancellations all over college hoops, Michigan is grateful to be playingMichigan is humming right now. Wolverines surge into top 10 of AP, NET rankings; Michigan State fallsMichigan stays perfect, buries Northwestern with balanced scoringmlive.com
No. 21 Minnesota beats bad-shooting No. 17 Mich. St. 81-56
EAST LANSING, MI - NOVEMBER 25: Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans looks on during warm ups before the game against the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Breslin Center on November 25, 2020 in East Lansing, Michigan. 17 Michigan State 81-56 on Monday night while holding the Spartans to 25.7% shooting. “It confirmed that we’re a tough team and a determined team,” Robbins said. This was Minnesota's largest margin of victory ever over Michigan State, matching a Jan. 4, 1997 game later vacated by the NCAA. Minnesota: Johnson, who made eight of nine 3-pointers against the Hawkeyes, had nine points and seven rebounds.
Gonzaga, Big Ten continue to dominate Top 25; Wisconsin 6th
(AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)It's hard to decide who has been more dominant in men's college basketball this season: Gonzaga or the Big Ten Conference. The sixth-ranked Badgers began a run of Top 25 teams from the league, jumping three spots after wins over Nebraska and then-No. 12 Michigan State. The Hawkeyes dropped from fourth to 10th while surprising Rutgers began a run of four more Big Ten teams at No. Minnesota, whose lone loss came to Illinois and which was last ranked on Dec. 4, 2017, plays its next six against Top 25 teams: Michigan State, at Wisconsin, Ohio State, at Michigan, at Iowa and the Wolverines at home.
Minnesota takes down No. 4 Iowa 102-95 with 3-point spree
Iowa guard Joe Wieskamp (10) and Minnesota guard Gabe Kalscheur (22) vie for the ball in overtime of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Dec. 25, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)MINNEAPOLIS – Brandon Johnson made all four his 3-point attempts in overtime and finished with 26 points and nine rebounds, leading Minnesota's late surge to upset No. They trailed by seven points with 44 seconds left in regulation and outscored the Hawkeyes 29-15 the rest of the way. Then Carr hit the tying 3-pointer with 5.7 seconds remaining, bringing the Gophers bench players leaping onto the court. Garza started gobbling up rebounds and turning them into gimme putbacks, and Iowa looked like it was in control.
Spartans Handle Gophers 70-52
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Michigan State weathered another sluggish start, then wore down Minnesota. The Spartans reasserted themselves after a rough loss, and the Gophers paid the price. I felt for Richard, because Ive been there, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. The Gophers were scoreless for a 5:22 stretch, while the Spartans went on a 12-0 run to take a 22-9 lead. Burton, who was the ninth overall pick in the draft by Miami, would have gone to Michigan State had he not chosen Minnesota.detroit.cbslocal.com
Winston Starting To Heat Up As Spartans Handle Minnesota 74-58
8 Michigan State started slowly against Minnesota, looking sluggish coming off a big win over its rival. Winston scored 18 of his 27 points in the second half while Xavier Tillman finished with 19 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, leading Michigan State to a 74-58 win over Minnesota on Thursday night. Michigan State coach Tom Izzo was very unhappy after the first half and let his players know it in the locker room. HE SAID ITThere was a moment of silence before the game for former Michigan State football coach, athletic director and trustee George Perles, who died Tuesday. Michigan State: At Purdue on Sunday, when the Spartans hope to win for the first time since 2014.detroit.cbslocal.com