Denzel Valentine draws comparisons to Michigan State greats

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In Matta’s first 11 seasons at Ohio State, the Buckeyes had allowed opponents to shoot better than 60 percent from the field only three times.

Michigan State’s Matt Costello (10) shoots between Ohio State’s Marc Loving, left, and JaQuan Lyle, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, March 5, 2016, in East Lansing, Mich.
Ohio State’s Marc Loving (2) shoots over Michigan State’s Matt Costello during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, March 5, 2016, in East Lansing, Mich.
A win for the Spartans today would clinch one of the top four seeds in the Big Ten Tournament and give them a double by to the quarterfinals.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Denzel Valentine had 27 points and matched a career high with 13 assists in the last home game, helping No. 2 Michigan State rout Ohio State 91-76 Saturday. Matt Costello had 15 points and 11 rebounds while Bryn Forbes shook off a tough shooting game to score 14, 10 coming in the second half.
Marc Loving scored 21 to lead Ohio State (19-12, 11-7), which was looking for a signature win to help its NCAA Tournament case.
Michigan State took care of business in Columbus just over a week ago and the Spartans finished the 2015-16 football and basketball seasons with a 4-0 record in Ann Arbor and Columbus – quite an accomplishment. The over/under total for the game has been set at 139 points.
Ohio State shot 51.9 percent from the floor during the first half but 47-37.
Ohio State: Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis. This will be no different as the trio of seniors will go out on the highest of notes, destroying Ohio State for the second time in as many weeks and proving to be one of the conference’s most unsafe teams. Ohio State is 9th in the Big Ten in field goal percentage (44.4 percent), and 3rd in the Big Ten in field goal percentage defense (39.3 percent)… Michigan State will need to win here in order to maintain confidence heading into the tourney.