No.4 Michigan hold onto lead against No. 10 Michigan State

There were five minutes left in the game and it looked like the Michigan Wolverines were definitely going to win against the Michigan State Spartans. The Wolverines won but only by a point with a final score 58-57.

The Spartans were down by 10 points with four minutes remaining when they came back with an intense rally only to have Wolverines’ Trey Burke hit the winning shot with 22 seconds on the clock, reports USA Today.

This was a win that made No. 4 Michigan feel better about their loss to Penn State this past week. It was also the third straight loss for No. 10 Michigan State.

In the race for the Big Ten, Indiana still remains number one but if they lose to Ohio State then Michigan is part of a four-way tie for second place. The other teams in the running are Ohio State and Wisconsin, who lost Sunday to Purdue.

Burke had a great night filled with tons of energy. He finished the night with 21 points and eight rebounds, according to the Associated Press.

Burke said, “I really wasn’t pressuring him as hard as I felt like I could, the whole game. I tried to turn him as many times as possible. The one time I did turn him, he kept the ball out, so I just went after it. If I was going to miss it, then I was going to be out of the play.”

It was surprising Michigan held in there and won the game since they had made 0-12 from the 3-point line while Michigan State had 18 offensive boards. What did the Spartans in were their 18 turnovers.

Michigan held it together to get the lead and keep it thanks to Burke. The next couple of weeks will be interesting to see what happens in the Big Ten race.