Moe better: Wagner's monster game powers Michigan past Michigan State

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The Spartans dropped another conference game Saturday, falling 82-72 to MI in East Lansing. Follow along with Land of 10 for live updates, scores and stats between the two rivals.

For Michigan State, this loss concludes a troubling week of conference play for the Spartans. Tipoff is slated for noon at the Breslin Center.

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Only a week ago, Michigan State had established itself as a heavy favorite to win the Big Ten.

Michigan State's Nick Ward and Michigan's Moritz Wagner will be interesting to watch.

How can I listen to Michigan-Michigan State on the radio? The game can also be heard on Sirius/XM and Internet 84. Maryland shot 36 percent from the floor to Michigan State's 43 percent from the field at intermission, compounding poor offense with uncharacteristic errors. "This will hurt for a day or two because it is a big game for me".

For the second time this season, Rutgers will face one of the top college basketball teams in the country.

Also concerning for Michigan State was that it didn't respond to adversity with the poise or toughness you'd expect from a Tom Izzo team.

The Spartans had won five in a row in the series before Michigan's victory in the Crisler Center last February. However, Michigan State held a slim three-point halftime lead, going into the break up 37-34. Michigan forced Michigan State into 21 turnovers, and that would be a good recipe for the Wolverines in this game, too. Like last season, Michigan State continues to struggle with taking care of the ball, averaging 14 turnovers per game.

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio, quarterback Brian Lewerke, linebacker Chris Frey and wide receiver Felton Davis talk after the 42-17 win over Washington State in the Holiday Bowl on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, in San Diego.

U-M follows closely behind the Spartans at fourth in the Big Ten standings with a 3-2 conference record, and are recently coming off of a crushing one-point loss to conference-leading Purdue (16-2, 5-0 Big Ten) at Crisler Center on Tuesday.

Guard Taryn McCutcheon led Michigan State with a career-high 25 points on a career-high six 3-pointers, including two in a 27-second span in the third quarter that turned a four-point margin into a double-digit cushion. Sophomore Kaila Charles led the game with 11 rebounds. After averaging 7.7 points in 2016-17, the 6-foot-8, 230-pounder is scoring 16 points a game.

TCU's losses are by a combined 11 points, and three have been in overtime.

The biggest concern for MI head coach John Beilein heading into the game is rebounding, but not the total numbers.