EAST LANSING, Mich. -- It was the last regular-season matchup between No. 10 Michigan State and No. 22 Michigan. The Spartans outplayed the Wolverines, ending Michigan's three-game winning streak in the rivalry. MSU prevailed 64-54, evoking cheers of "Little Sister" from the Spartans' fans by the end of the game.
The game played out in front of a very loud Breslin Center, and while the Wolverines played well in spurts, they were never quite able to get over the hump of the Spartans controlling the game.
Player of the Game: Senior center Draymond Green
It was obvious that this one meant a little more to Green. Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said he was unsure even as late as Thursday as to whether his star senior would see the court, but Green didn’t just see the court, he owned it.
He scored 14 points, grabbed 16 rebounds, dished out four assists and fed the energy of Michigan State the entire game.
"He got a shot without getting a shot and that's what adrenaline does for you," Izzo said. "He did a hell of a job. I just can't say enough."
Play of the game: Freshman point guard Trey Burke's buzzer-beating 3-pointer heading into halftime.
It cut Michigan State's lead to eight at the half (it had been as high as 14) and gave the Wolverines a bit of adrenaline heading into the locker room. In an offensively sloppy game, it was one of the few highlight reel-worthy moments.
Stat of the Game: The decibel reader in the Izzone.
There were plenty of stats that were important: Michigan State outrebounding Michigan 40-16, Green grabbing the same number of rebounds as the entire Michigan team, sophomore guard Tim Hardaway Jr. going cold from the floor (1-for-10, finishing with four points).
But this stat award goes to the little decibel reader that measured the crowd noise throughout the game.
Homecourt advantage has been evident throughout the Big Ten this season, though possibly never as obvious as in East Lansing. It wasn't a sellout, but that didn't matter. The students fill up 80 percent of the lower bowl and sit directly behind, to the left of and in front of the Michigan bench. Each player had individual chants coming at them from different angles, along with the other Internet-innapropriate choruses. It truly was MSU's sixth man on Sunday.