Michigan State Basketball: Player grades for comfortable win over Michigan

Xavier Tillman, Michigan State basketball (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The grades for Michigan State basketball’s big win over Michigan were favorable but was it the best report card of the season?

Beating Michigan just has a different feel to it. Both on the football field as well as the court, whenever the Spartans can down the Wolverines, it’s a good feeling.

Michigan State did just that on Sunday afternoon, beating the Wolverines 87-69 in East Lansing to improve to 12-3 on the season and 4-0 in Big Ten play. It was a grind-it-out win despite the final score and Michigan State had to fight for the entire 40 minutes just to keep the Wolverines from climbing right back into it — they almost did a couple of times.

Even with the 18-point win, Michigan State doesn’t seem like a team that’s ready to settle down and be content with where it is, but rather one that’s just hitting its stride.

The Spartans went from a 5-3 team after losing to Duke at home to one that’s playing arguably the best basketball in the country, riding a seven-game winning streak.

Things won’t get much easier this week, though, as they host Minnesota and then travel to West Lafayette to face Purdue — that’s never an easy place to play and the Spartans always seem to struggle at Mackey Arena.

Let’s not look too far ahead, though, and take a peek at Sunday’s report card.