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Northwestern Wildcats vs Michigan St Spartans Pick & Prediction, Sat Jan 15 12:00 PM

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Michigan State keeps playing with fire, but so far the No. 10 Spartans haven't gotten singed.

They will carry a nine-game winning streak into Saturday's Big Ten home game against Northwestern in East Lansing, Mich.

Minnesota nearly ended the run on Wednesday but Joey Hauser's last-second basket gave Michigan State a 71-69 victory.

"We're 14-2, and there's been better teams than us that have lost to worse teams than Minnesota if you're going around the country right now. And it doesn't make me feel better," coach Tom Izzo said. "It just makes me put things in perspective. I have to do a better job in some areas."

A.J. Hoggard drove into the lane and set up Hauser for the winning bucket.

"It was his first game-winner in college, everyone always wants to hit a game-winner, especially at a level like this, and especially us being targeted right now, being top 10," Hoggard said. "It was big for us, and kept the winning streak going. I was happy for him, I was excited and glad I got to be a part of it being the assist man on the job, so it was a good moment for me, too."

The Spartans held a slim lead most of the way but the Golden Gophers had a late 5-0 spurt to tie the game prior to Hauser's basket.

An ongoing issue for Michigan State (14-2, 5-0 Big Ten) has been turnovers. It has averaged 14.4 per game and committed 13 more on Wednesday.

"The turnover thing is driving me crazy. I have done one hell of a job of keeping my composure on turnovers," Izzo said. "Just try to do a better job because that was not good enough to win. We won't win Saturday if we do that."

When they didn't give the ball away, the Spartans were efficient offensively. They shot 51.9 percent from the field, the fifth time this season they have shot at least 50 percent.

"The name of the game was find a way to win and move on," Izzo said. "So we did, hopefully we can move on and learn from it."

This will be the second time the Spartans have faced Northwestern this month. Michigan State rallied from a 13-point deficit on Northwestern's home court to pull out a 73-67 win on Jan. 2. Gabe Brown led the way with 20 points.

That began the Wildcats' current four-game losing streak. Northwestern (8-6, 1-4) has dropped each of those games by single-digit margins, including a 94-87, double-overtime loss to Maryland on Wednesday. The Wildcats also lost by four points at home to Penn State and eight points at Ohio State.

"Really heartbroken for our guys. ... Loved the fight and heart in our guys, finding a way to get it to overtime," coach Chris Collins said. "We got the lead in overtime and we just couldn't get stops."

The Terrapins also shot 20 more free throws than Northwestern.

"In order to win, we can't have a minus-20 free throw disparity in these games," Collins said. "But we're going to keep fighting. We're very disappointed where we stand through five (Big Ten) games. These three home games, we had a great chance to win and didn't get 'em."

--Field Level Media

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Northwestern Wildcats
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77
Michigan St Spartans

Northwestern Wildcats vs. Michigan St Spartans Recap JAN 15TH 2022

Ryan Young had 18 points and eight rebounds in his first start of the season and Northwestern upset No. 10 Michigan State 64-62 in East Lansing, Mich. on Saturday.

Chase Audige supplied 14 points and seven rebounds as the Wildcats (9-6, 2-4 Big Ten) snapped a four-game losing streak while ending the Spartans' nine-game winning streak. Boo Buie added 12 points and four assists.

Julius Marble had a career-high 18 points for the Spartans (14-3, 5-1), Malik Hall and Gabe Brown added 10 points apiece but Michigan State had 17 turnovers and allowed 16 second-chance points.

The Spartans committed 12 first-half turnovers and trailed 38-33 at halftime. Audige and Buie combined for 17 points to lead the Wildcats.

Northwestern jumped out to a 12-4 lead during the first six minutes. Michigan State came back and took a 19-15 lead with 8:30 left in the half, but the miscues continued to pile up.

Audige made a 3-pointer after a Spartans turnover to put Northwestern back on top, 21-19. Michigan State briefly regained the lead on two Marble free throws with 2:37 left, but the Wildcats finished the half on a 7-1 run that included a Buie 3-pointer.

Audige's fast break layup after another Michigan State turnover gave Northwestern a 46-39 advantage five minutes into the second half.

The Wildcats then went scoreless for over five minutes during a Spartans 11-0 run, which included two baskets by Marble.

Northwestern regained the lead on Young's three-point play with 8:24 remaining. An Audige 3-pointer gave Northwestern a 57-52 lead.

Young's three-point play with 2:43 remaining made it 62-56. Michigan State battled back and Marble hit two free throws with 59 seconds left to cut Northwestern's lead to 64-62.

Hall missed a 3-point try in the closing seconds, but Northwestern was called for traveling on the rebound. Marcus Bingham was then fouled with 0.7 seconds left but missed the front end of a one-and-one.

--Field Level Media

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