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College basketball: Michigan State pulls away to beat Maryland

However, Maryland doesn't just have to worry about Michigan State's offense as the defense ranks up there in the top-15 in points allowed per game and is No. 1 in blocks. The Spartans have won the past three meetings. "I told the guys in the locker room after the game that if we score six goals on a weekend, that's enough to win two games if we defend well".

But first and foremost, Michigan State is focused on winning the Big Ten. "One of those things on our list is a Big Ten championship and we started off to good start, grew as a team and now it's time to go after that next thing on the list". Cowan played 38 minutes and finished with a game-high 26 points, but it was clear he knew before halftime that there was little he or anyone else could do to slow down the Spartans when they found a groove. But Michigan State finished the half on a 15-3 run - and the game on a 62-32 run - en route to its 15th win of the season. Forward Tyler Cook leads Iowa in scoring (14.8 points per game) and rebounding (6.4), while guard Jordan Bohannon leads the Hawkeyes in assists (4.7) and 3-point shooting (44.6 percent).

"Miles had one of his more solid games", Spartans coach Tom Izzo said. Tonight's game takes place from the Jack Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing, Michigan and will air live on FS1. "We played pretty well at Maryland previous year and they lost a lot of players".

"Some of those teams had an injured player".

Both of these teams are great at blocking the ball.

That consistency has many believing the Big Ten championship is Michigan State's to lose.

His team's first practice as the No. 1 team in the country showed no letdown, and he hopes its first game won't either.

However, Purdue and MI have been playing well while Izzo believes a handful of other teams will keep getting better. "I think they'll change some things up just to keep us off-balance but I would suspect to see a lot of 3-2 zone". "We've lost a couple that I think we shouldn't have". "They played me straight up". MI is playing well, Purdue is playing well and Ohio State is playing really well.

Huerter didn't completely agree with Turgeon's postgame comment that he thought the Terps "got better" playing as they did early against the Spartans.

Just getting above.500 before league play picks up again would be an achievement for the young Badgers after an injury-plagued start to this season.

Michigan State's goal is to remain ahead of those teams by the end of February. "If I told you that they would scout that", Ward said.

In the Terrapins' last outing, they beat the Penn State Nittany Lions, 75-69.

Cowan and Huerter are shouldering a significant responsibility having to be the best players on the court night in and night out for Maryland, and it's fair to wonder whether those two could wear down in February.

That doesn't mean the Spartans are expecting an easy victory. Sometimes you get caught in between thinking through, trying to be flawless and be in the right spot, and just going ahead and playing. "Every team has players that are capable of playing the highest level of basketball, so every game is going to be a challenge". Freshman Jaren Jackson had 15 points, three blocks and two steals despite sitting out all but four minutes of the opening half due to foul trouble.

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