February 8, 2012

V-Cast: Trap avoided, Buckeyes up next

EAST LANSING - Michigan State (19-5, 8-3) defeated upset-minded Penn State, 77-57, to stay within a game of Big Ten leading Ohio State heading into one of the most anticipated games in the Big Ten this weekend when the No. 12 ranked Spartans travel to Columbus to take on the No. 3 Buckeyes.

Michigan State was inconsistent at times against the Nittany Lions. The Spartans squandered a big second-half lead and allowed Penn State to pull within six points on a jumper by Jermaine Marshall with 9:18 remaining in the contest.

The lead was less than 10 points for the next three minutes before Michigan State began to pull away behind the scoring and leadership of Draymond Green.

There were plenty of positives for Michigan State in a game that had all of the markings of a classic trap game. The Spartans played good defense for the most part and Tom Izzo's basketball team dominated the Nittany Lions on the glass.

Penn State is 2-11 in Conference play and 10-16 overall. The Nittany Lions two league wins came against quality opponents in Purdue and Illinois.

The win puts Michigan State in position to make a major statement against an Ohio State team that has both talent and experience.

Click below for commentary and analysis from Jim Comparoni and Paul Konyndyk on Michigan State's midweek victory as well as perspective on this weekend's showdown between the Buckeyes and Spartans.

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