Despite a poor showing at Iowa last weekend, the No. 19 Michigan basketball team kept to its goal of staying undefeated at home as it beat No. 9 Michigan State on Tuesday night, 60-59.
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said the Spartans "did enough things to lose the game." And they did, but their stats didn't show it. The Spartans shot 48 percent from the field and outrebounded the Wolverines 31-18. They had multiple chances to win the game on the final possession.
But, at the end of the day, the Wolverines did just enough to pull off the win.
Player of the Game: Trey Burke.
Offensively, the freshman scored 20 points while shooting 8-of-11 from the floor (including 3-of-6 from range). Defensively, he kept with Michigan State sophomore guard Keith Appling and recorded two steals and two blocks.
"There have been very few times that I have looked at him and said, 'He's just a freshman,' " Michigan coach John Beilein said. "I know his birthday and I know how young he is ... but when the ball is in his hands, doesn’t show anything."