Gary Harris scored 17 points and Derrick Nix had 14 to help No. 8 Michigan State rout No. 4 Michigan 75-52 on Tuesday night, the rivalry’s first matchup of top 10 teams. The Spartans (21-4, 10-2 Big Ten) broke a first-place tie in the conference with No. 1 Indiana.
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There’s more bad health news to report from Evanston, Ill., as graduate student and former Louisville player Jared Swopshire underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Tuesday and will miss the rest of the season. Swopshire, who was just featured on the latest edition of “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2013,” injured the knee in the second half of Saturday’s loss at Iowa.
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This week is headlined by two great games, with Michigan playing at Michigan State tonight Ohio State travelling to Wisconsin on Sunday. Those are the two really big blockbusters, but here’s how I see some other games falling into place after that – and we go No. 1 through No. 12.
BTN’s series BTN LiveBIG continues Saturday following the Michigan State vs. Nebraska men’s basketball game, with stories highlighting how the Spartan community is making an impact in East Lansing and around the world, including a program to support Michigan National Guard veterans returning home from combat. The program will air at 11 p.m. ET on Saturday.
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Twenty-four games into the season, Indiana guard Victor Oladipo has reached the minimum (125 field goals made) to qualify for the Big Ten’s all-time single-season field goal percentage list.