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Low-scoring Spartans blown away by Kentucky


Low-scoring Spartans blown away by Kentucky

Offense was in short supply for Michigan State on Tuesday night. And when you go up against the No. 2 team in the country, that's a problem.

The Spartans shot just 32.3 percent from the field and went just 5-for-26 from 3-point range, also turning the ball over 21 times, as the second-ranked Kentucky Wildcats delivered a 69-48 blowout as part of the Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden.

It was Michigan State's lowest-scoring performance since the 2013-14 season.

The Spartans were down eight at the half, the Cats sprinting away from a 12-all tie with a 9-0 run in the middle of the first half. The Kentucky lead got as high as 12 during the opening 20 minutes, and Michigan State actually battled it down to a four-point gap with two minutes left, but things extended back out to eight by the break.

The second half was all Cats, who reached a double-digit lead just four minutes in and leaped out to a 22-point advantage with a 12-0 run midway through the period.

Kentucky's offensive numbers weren't too pretty, either, the Cats shooting just 38.3 percent from the field and going 3-for-10 on 3-pointers. But for the second straight game, Michigan State was dominated at the free-throw line. Kentucky went 16-for-20 from the stripe, while Michigan State was a mere 3-for-9. The Cats also had a 15-5 advantage in points in the paint against the small Spartans, aching from the absences of big men Gavin Schilling and Ben Carter.

Michigan State had no double-figure scorers Tuesday night. Kenny Goins and Cassius Winston each had nine points and shot decently, making four field goals apiece. Miles Bridges was a big disappointment Tuesday, scoring only six points and turning the ball over nine times while going 2-for-11 from the field. Bridges did, though, haul in 12 rebounds and block three shots.

Kentucky had three scorers in double figures: Malik Monk leading the way with 23 points behind seven made triples, Isaiah Briscoe scoring 21 points and De'Aaron Fox adding 12 points.

The Spartans dropped to 0-2 with the loss, suffering their second defeat to a top-10 team in just five days.

Northwestern University supports Ifeadi Odenigbo at George Floyd protests

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Northwestern University supports Ifeadi Odenigbo at George Floyd protests

Northwestern University tweeted support for one of their football alumni who’s participated in the protests over George Floyd’s death in police custody.

Ifeadi Odenigbo played for the Wildcats from 2012-2016 and finished his four years there with 23.5 sacks.

Odenigbo now plays in Minneapolis-- where these protests began-- for the Minnesota Vikings.

Besides getting out and marching with protestors, Odenigbo has been active on Twitter retweeting posts related to the unrest, including a message from his former coach Pat Fitzgerald.

Odenigbo is the first person in his family to be born in the United States. His parents immigrated here from Nigeria.

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Illinois came close to adding Divison I hockey team before coronavirus spread

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Illinois came close to adding Divison I hockey team before coronavirus spread

After trying to add a Division I men's ice hockey program at the University of Illinois for nearly three years, the school was finally close. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit.

The Chicago Tribune reported Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman told media on Monday that the university was forced to "hit the pause button" on the hopes and dreams of alums, sports fans and young hockey players with midwest ties. 

“Clearly with everything that’s changed here in the last six weeks, it makes sense for us to hit the — at least the short-term — pause button on that project while we wait and let things unfold in the weeks and months ahead,” Whitman said.

According to Whitman, U of I was about a month away from forming the program before the pandemic changed things.

The state of Illinois produces the fourth-most college hockey players but has no Division I hockey team yet. 

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