The 6-foot-9 Memphis native had been showing progress last month with an 11-point game in a January 19 win against Penn State.
Gabe Kalscheur led the team in scoring with 17 points. Amir Coffey is averaging 15.8 points and 2.9 assists while Jordan Murphy is averaging 14.9 points and 12.1 rebounds. He also ripped down 19 rebounds and dished out two assists. They arrive outside the locker room one by one, their backs facing a wall comprised of significant photos and moments made here in this building, as they wait to congratulate the current team on a well-deserved victory. Definitely doesn't seem typical for Michigan State, which ranks plus-9.3 in rebounding margin this season.
Michigan State, which has struggled to stay healthy, may have another injury concern. The Michigan State Spartans are winning games at home by an average of 24.4 points and are a lights out 13-4 ATS this season when a favorite of at least five points. Xavier Tillman accounted for 16 points and eight boards.
Containing Cassius - Michigan State's Cassius Winston might not be capable of putting up 40 points in a game like Purdue's Carsen Edwards, but he's just as risky as a scorer and even more of a facilitator.
The Gophers fall to 16-8 and 6-7 Big Ten.
EAST LANSING, MI - FEBRUARY 09: Matt McQuaid #20 of the Michigan State Spartans shoots the ball and draws a foul from Amir Coffey #5 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the first half at Breslin Center on February 9, 2019 in East Lansing, Michigan.
In the second half, the Gophers tried to rally, but they never closed the gap to less than 13 points.
Minnesota chipped away with a 9-1 run to pull within single digits. It wouldn't hurt for the Gophers to finally have some success of their own from long distance Saturday.
Michigan State hasn't looked normal the last three games and didn't have the excuse of being very bad at the free throw line last game like it was against Indiana.
Time: 1 p.m. CT, Saturday.
The line of forever-immortalized Spartans forms in the lower tunnels of the Breslin Center with about three minutes left to be played, the outcome on the court essentially decided. Series: Michigan State leads the series 69-60.TV: ESPN.
Key reserves- Daniel Oturu, C, 6-10, Fr., 10.7 ppg; Isaiah Washington, G, 6-1, So., 5.1 ppg; Michael Hurt, F, 6-7, Jr., 2.0 ppg; Brock Stull, G, 6-4, Sr., 1.6 ppg; Matz Stockman, C, 7-0, Sr., 2.7 ppg.
Notable: Minnesota is vying for the first road win vs. a top-10 team since January 12, 2012 in a 77-74 win at No. 7 Indiana.
Johnson and Greg Kelser, who also stared on Michigan State's first national championship team, both lamented the reunion didn't include the late Jud Heathcote, their coach who died in 2017.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are a talented team that can compete with most teams when everything is going well, but they're hot and cold lately and are losing by an average of 10.7 points on the road this season.