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Friday, March 9, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Michigan State 92, Iowa 75

By Myron Medcalf


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.