The No. 6 Michigan State Spartans made life miserable at the Breslin Center for the visiting Nebraska Cornhuskers, allowing precious few points before running away with a 62-34 win.
The win helped Michigan State expand its lead in the Big Ten standings to 1 1/2 games over Ohio State and two games over Michigan after the Wolverines were beaten at home on Saturday by Purdue. The Spartans played some championship-level defense holding the Cornhuskers under 30% shooting from the field, never allowing their perimeter shooters to get going. Nebraska made just two of 17 three-point attempts.
After taking a 23-15 lead to the half, Michigan State blew it open with a 13-0 run early in the second half. Then the game turned into a celebration of Draymond Green as the Spartans' talented big man bolstered his Big Ten Player of the Year case with 20 points, 10 rebounds, three steals and a block while making three shots from behind the arc. The 10th rebound gave Green his 1,000 career rebound.
The win was Michigan State seventh Big Ten win in a row moving their overall record to 24-5. Next up for the Spartans will be a tough road test at No. 23 Indiana.