INDIANAPOLIS -- Thoughts on Michigan State's 92-75 win over Iowa.
Overview: At the start of the game, the Hawkeyes and Spartans were even. The score was tied, 22-22, with 11:14 remaining in the first half. Then the Spartans seemed to realize that they actually have to do something in this year’s Big Ten tournament, which could make a major difference in their NCAA tournament seeding. Michigan State ended the half on a 33-17 run.
Turning point: When the Spartans separated themselves from the Hawkeyes midway through the first half.
Key player: Draymond Green led four Spartans in double figures with 21 points. He also had 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocks.
Key stat: Michigan State shot 70 percent from the field in the first half. No typo. The Spartans went 21-for-30.
Miscellaneous: In the first half, Derrick Nix punched a hole into the Big Ten logo on the padding around one of the baskets after a tough bucket. … Michigan State scored 55 points in the first half. The Spartans scored a total of 55 points in their Feb. 28 loss at Indiana. … The Spartans played their first game without Branden Dawson, who tore his ACL in the final game of the regular season.
What’s next: Michigan State will face the winner of Friday’s Indiana-Wisconsin matchup. Iowa (17-16) should get into the NIT. The Hawkeyes took steps this season.