MICHIGAN (Feb. 16, 2014) — For the third straight weekend, both Michigan and Michigan State lost. For the second straight weekend, the losses came in conference play for both teams. This time, though, they both lost at home.
Michigan fell into a huge hole early against Wisconsin and could never recover, falling 75-62. Knowing that a win would give them sole possession of first place in the conference standings, Michigan State came out and laid an egg against a Nebraska team that is now .500 in conference play after its 60-51 win at the Breslin Center.
The Spartans lost to the Cornhuskers even with the return of Keith Appling. The senior point guard had just two points and one assist in limited minutes off the bench. It was Appling’s first game action since a non-conference loss to Georgetown on February 1 at Madison Square Garden.
The Spartans will next play the Purdue Boilermakers on the road on Thursday. The Wolverines are off until next Sunday when they host Michigan State.