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Michigan Basketball: 3 takeaways from blowout win over Iowa

Michigan Basketball: 3 takeaways from blowout win over Iowa

A late charge was not enough to bring IN back from a 20-point second half deficit, as the Hoosiers fell to Ohio State 79-75 IN the Big Ten Tournament.

MSU entered the game as the tourney's No. 1 seed with a 27-6 record while MI came in seeded third in the conference competition while sporting a 28-5 ledger. No other program has won the tournament as many times as Michigan State, and this one was particularly sweet.

3-point shooting has been a key statistic for MI basketball all season and against the Hawkeyes, UM knocked down 10 treys, with Ignas Brazdeikis, Eli Brooks, Jordan Poole and Zavier Simpson all hitting two each. Watson scored 23 points and made five 3-pointers.

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Cassius Winston added a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Spartans. The Spartans were awarded a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and will face Bradley in the second round on Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa.

MVP: Michigan point guard Zavier Simpson was almost ideal Friday night. Decent enough that it was still a game with top-seeded Michigan State until, you guessed it, foul trouble struck again. The Wolverines received a ton of national love after their run to the national championship game last season, but they ended up third in the Big Ten standings during the regular season.