5 Things you Need to Know for Monday, January 27th
1. Michigan's basketball team is a legitimate threat to make a run in March. They beat Michigan State at the Breslin Center 80-75 Saturday night. Nik Stauskas and Derrick Walton Jr. led the Wolverines with 19 points a piece.
I thought it was a well played game between two good teams. Obviously, Branden Dawson going down two days before the game caused the Spartans to scramble and put players in positions they are not used to being in. Keith Appling played with an injured wrist and "couldn't shoot at all". Tom Izzo was very proud of how his team competed.
Still, you have to give Michigan a ton of credit for stepping into a hostile environment and playing an outstanding game. Stauskas is one of the best players in the country, and Walton Jr. played terrific down the stretch. He hit a late three-pointer, scored a key three-point play, and hit nine of his 10 free throws. MSU has to move on quickly, because they have another huge test Tuesday at Iowa.
2. The MSU women's team picked up a nice win yesterday, knocking off Ohio State 82-68. Tori Jankoska scored 25 points for State, and Aerial Powers chipped in 21. The Spartans moved to 5-2 in the Big 10 with the win.
3. The Michigan State hockey team suffered their second straight loss to Michigan on Friday night. JT Compher scored twice for the Wolverines as MSU moved to 2-4-2-2 in Big 10 play. Coach Tom Anastos was not happy with his team's approach to the game.
4. After beating Montreal 4-1 on Friday, the Wings let a point slip away last night by falling to the Panthers 5-4 in a shootout. Detroit had a two goal lead with 5:32 remaining in the third period to a mediocre team, so it was a tough point to squander with the Wings holding on to the east's final playoff spot.
5. The Pistons continued their slide with a 116-106 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. They have now lost four straight games, giving up an average of 108.75 points per game over that stretch.