The Nebraska Cornhuskers beat the Michigan State Spartans by 77-70 on Sunday night in the Big Ten Conference game. This gives them a win after 11 consecutive losses to the same opponent. It further marks a win in their backyard for the first time since 2015.
Credit for the victory has been given to Juwan Gary, who entered as a replacement for Josiah Allick. An ankle injury in Minnesota during the competition ruled Josiah out of the competition. Juwan Gary contributed 20 points to the side, while the opponents relied on 22 from Malik Hall. Nebraska went on to register 9 of 20 3-pointers and a 45 3-point percentage. Michigan tallied 8 of 17 3-pointers and a 47.1 3-point percentage.
A record has been set by Michigan as well in basketball. The team went below 0.500 after nine games. This has happened for the first time since 2003–04. Moreover, the state is 0-2 in the Big Ten for the first time in three years.
Nebraska were initially short by 31–34. The first half, nevertheless, did not precisely hamper their momentum, which was quick enough to tilt to another side. The Spartans were ahead by 3 points. All they had to do was maintain that pace. Nebraska took it upon themselves to claim a 51-45 lead with almost 12 minutes remaining on the board.
The game was a crucial point since it could have gone either way. As a matter of fact, Michigan almost regained their win by inching closer to a 63-60 gap in the last 5 minutes.
What then gave Nebraska the edge was Brice piling up a 3-pointer in the last 3 minutes remaining on the board.
Nebraska had previously lost to Minnesota and Creighton by 76-65 and 60-89, respectively. They have a positive outlook for the next game versus Kansas State, as they have been able to break the losing streak after a long time. Brice has been up to his basketball game; however, Allick struggled when facing Minnesota. He was on a low of 3 points. Brice maintained his pace at 18 points.
Michigan State has been on a roller-coaster rise. They have won a single game in the last three events, excluding the one recently concluded against Nebraska. The last win was against Southern by 86-55. The Spartans started aggressively and then let the opponent chase the points.
They were able to restrict Georgia to just 11 nets by bringing up 38 for themselves. The second half marked a strong comeback for the opponent; however, they fell short by 4 points, and the tally was named to the Spartans by a gap of 31 points. The online basketball betting industry saw a mix of high and low odds throughout the game.
Indiana is currently leading the Big Ten, followed by Northwestern and Illinois. Michigan State is all the way to the bottom, while Nebraska is somewhere in the middle of the list.