Field Goal %
- ILL 45.0
- 59.5 MSU
Three Point %
- ILL 36.0
- 42.9 MSU
- ILL 8
- 14 MSU
- ILL 26
- 37 MSU
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- 0th Half
Illinois has started each of the last 2 seasons with a 10-0 start or better but has not been able to keep up the pace.
Michigan State outscored Illinois 53-38 in the 2nd half tonight. In the 3 games this season when MSU has trailed at home at the half, the Spartans have outscored their opponents in the 2nd half by a combined 45 points while shooting 63 percent.
Keith Appling - Thursday vs Illinois
1st Half 2nd Half Points 5 19 FG 2-7 5-5 FT 0-0 8-12 Assists 1 6 *24 points, 1 shy of tying career-high
Michigan State's 53 2nd-half points are its most 2nd-half points in a Big Ten game since Feb. 18, 2001 vs Penn State (56).
Michigan State by Half - Thursday vs Illinois
1st Half 2nd Half Points 27 53 FG 11-26 14-16 FG pct 42.3 87.5 FT 1-2 23-32
Trojans forward Bennie Boatwright, who led the team with 15.1 points last season, has pulled his name from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Four-star shooting guard Mark Smith has announced his commitment to Illinois, a big win for new Illini coach Brad Underwood.
Schools with returning talent like Michigan State or Arizona aren't complaining, but will it help or hurt in their pursuit of top available prospects?