The sophomore point guard was mostly a nonfactor offensively a year ago as a freshman (1.6 points per game), but has turned into a legitimate threat on that side of the ball this season.
Michigan will look to bounce back against Michigan St. and all I can say is good luck! the Wolverines will rely heavily on Junior forward out of Berlin Germany, Moritz Wagner.
Bridges missed his first five shots and one of two free throws with 8 seconds left with a chance to give Michigan State the lead. The preseason All-America player opened overtime with a 3-pointer and finished with as many turnovers (3) as made shots on 10 attempts.
"I don't really care where they are mentally, confidence-wise", he said. (11.1). Ward leads in rebounds with 7.7 while Winston tops in assists with 7.2 per game. Sanders missed a long jumper with 16 seconds left. He's also taking only 2.6 free throw attempts per game, down from 3.3 past year.
With a chance to win, Sanders missed a shot near the top of the key with a second left in regulation. He returned to make a layup to pull Rutgers within two with nine seconds left, but Cassius Winston sealed the win with two free throws to put the Spartans ahead by four.
However, that was possibly because he was more of the aggressor against Rutgers, posting up hard and helping to get three Scarlet Knight big men to foul out and a fourth with four. Michigan State holds opponents to 35.0 percent shooting inside the arc (best in the country) and a 40.7 effective field goal percentage (also best in the country), while Michigan is efficient on that end because they force a good amount of turnovers and keep teams off the offensive glass. The Spartans know they'll pay a hefty one if they continue to have lapses against their biggest rival.
"He kept moving in there", Izzo said. I'm anxious about, are they going to bear down and get a little tougher. "We have a lot of tremendous things going on".
Michigan St. (16-2) is back to their winning ways after nearly losing at home to Rutgers!
The Wolverines have been playing great defense as a team - 20th in KenPom's adjusted defensive efficiency rankings - and one of the main reasons is because they seldom allow points in transition.
"Maybe everybody got a little fat and sassy", Izzo said.
The fourth-ranked Spartans now host MI on Saturday afternoon in their only regular-season matchup this season.