Quick takes: Michigan State 87, Illinois 74

Quick takes: Michigan State 87, Illinois 74

What happened

Illinois stayed in the game with an aggressive first-half defense that led to double-digit Michigan State turnovers. The problem? The Spartans rarely missed if they didn't commit a turnover, and crushed the Illini on the boards.

What it means

Michigan State represents the top of the conference. The Spartans' advantage in physicality and athleticism — particularly the latter — simply shows how far the Illini have to go as a program to reach that level.

What's next

Illinois (10-11, 0-8 Big Ten) jumps back on the quick turnaround bandwagon with Indiana headed to State Farm Center on Wednesday for another 8 p.m. game. The Hoosiers (12-8, 5-3) have won four of their last five games.

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Moonpie wrote on January 23, 2018 at 9:01 am

Yep, they stayed in the game until the point where it actually counts -- the end.

We will win!

Just not often. Sometimes. Here and there. You know--moral victories.