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Post-Game Notes

Nov. 30, 2017

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• The game marked the first meeting between the Spartans and Fighting Irish in East Lansing since Feb. 4, 1974.
• For the second time in the last three meetings, both Michigan State (No. 3) and Notre Dame (No. 5) were ranked in the Top 5. On March 18, 1979, No. 3 Michigan State defeated No. 4 Notre Dame, 80-68, in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.
• With 18-point victories over both No. 9 North Carolina and No. 5 Notre Dame, Tom Izzo has defeated back-to-back Top-10 opponents in the regular season for the first time in his 23-year career.
• MSU’s 18-point victory over No. 5 Notre Dame was its largest over a Top 5 team since Feb. 12, 2013 (75-52 vs. #4 Michigan).
• Michigan State has beaten a pair of Top-10 teams by 18 points this week (No. 9 North Carolina and No. 5 Notre Dame). It marks the sixth and seventh time the Spartans have beaten a Top 10 team by 18 or more points during the Tom Izzo era (1/21/98 vs. No. 10 Iowa; 2/5/2000 vs. UConn; 3/23/2003 vs. No. 10 Florida; 3/11/2011 vs. Purdue, 2/12/2013 vs. Michigan).
• The victory was the first for the Spartans over a Top 5 opponent since Nov. 17, 2015 vs. No. 4 Kansas (79-73).
• The win was No. 550 for MSU coach Tom Izzo, who improved to 63-0 all-time at home in November.
• For the second straight November MSU played its third Top 10 team in the opening month of the season.
• Michigan State’s four scholarship sophomores (Miles Bridges, Joshua Langford, Nick Ward and Cassius Winston) all scored in double figures for the third time this season.
• Michigan State held a 42-21 advantage on the glass, including a 15-5 edge in offensive rebounds, resulting in a 20-6 advantage in second-chance points.
• The Spartans grabbed 15 offensive rebounds compared to 16 defensive boards for the Fighting Irish.
• According to ESPN Stats & Info, MSU outscored Notre Dame, 19-5, in transition. The Fighting Irish entered the night allowing just 5.8 transition points per game.
Cassius Winston led the team in scoring for the second time this season (sharing the honors with Joshua Langford with 17 points) … This was his fifth game in double figures this season and the 12th of his career.
• Winston handed out seven assists, marking his fifth game this season with at least seven and the 17th of his career.
Joshua Langford tied for a team-high with 17 points, his second-straight game leading the team in scoring … It was his fifth game in double figures and the 12th of his career.
Miles Bridges scored 14 points, his fifth game in double figures this season and the 30th of his career.
• Michigan State handed out 21 assists, the fourth game this season with at least 20.
• The Spartans connected on 51.7 percent of their field goals, the fourth time this season the team shot at least 50 percent from the floor … The team hit 56.4 percent of its two-pointers (22-of-39).
• MSU hit nine 3-pointers, the fifth game with at least eight shots from long distance, and connected on 42.9 percent of its shots, the team’s second-best mark of the season.
• Junior guard Matt McQuaid handed out a season-high four assists.



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