Michigan State sneaks past Maryland

Heavy hearts for Terrapins players while at the same time, the record for most snow to fall over a two-day period was shattered in Baltimroe

23 of 29 free throw attempts will help any team out, but Denzel Valentine managed to get some help.  Thanks to the efforts of Bryn Forbes, who shot 8 of 15 from the field and Valentine nearly accomplishing another triple-double–the Spartans (wearing lime green uniforms for the first time) led most of the way in defeating Maryland 74-65.  Only two players scored in double figures for the Terps, who managed to get outrebounded 42-32.  The most telling stat of the game was Michigan State scoring 15 second chance points off of 17 offensive rebounds.

Tom Izzo, Denzel Valentine join some select company

With ESPN sideline reporter Shannon Spake joining the other 85 million plus Americans still waiting out the last remnants of the Great Blizzard of 2016, she saw along with the rest of us see a bit of history.
Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo tied former longtime Purdue boss Gene Keady with his 512th victory for one school in Big Ten history.  The record is 661 wins by The General, Bob Knight during his three decade run at Indiana.

As for Valentine, he became the first player in Big Ten history to record at least 1,300 career points, 700 rebounds and 500 assists.  He is the fourth such palyer to accomplish this rare feat since 2000.

Next up, big games for both teams on Thursday night as Maryland should be all dug out from their record setting blizzard before hosting Iowa.  Meanwhile, while the cold persists in the Midwest–no major snow or ice is expected IN Evanston as Northwestern hosts Michigan State.

Most ranked teams won on Saturday

Duke got a much needed win at North Carolina State, rallying from a halftime deficit by scoring 52 second half points en route to winning by double digits 88-78.

Creighton upended Butler in Nebraska, 72-64.

But the upset of the day was out West…as California upset Arizona 74-73 as Jordan Mathews led the charge for the Golden Bears with 28 points in a nice “Gold Out Game” for the faithful fans inside Haas Pavilion.  This was a similar tactic used by baseball’s Chicago White Sox since the 2008 American League wild card game, when fans were asked to wear black T-shirts during their then one-game playoff game against the Minnesota Twins at U.S. Cellular Field.  Future Hall of Fame candidate Jim Thome provided the only scoring that night with a powerful sixth inning home run that saw the bull nearly reach the center field bleachers.

Enjoy watching and listening to the rescheduled games on Sunday.

If I get some time, I will try to update you if any upsets occur.  Have a good night, and please continue to pray for those innocent people out East as they will start the long, lethargic process of shoveling nearly three feet of snow–where at one point, some residents saw snow fall at a rate at a whopping clip of four inches per hour–yikes!!  At least, the dogs like roaming in the snow.

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