The Spartans' big man took just one shot in Ohio State's 80-64 victory over No. 1 Michigan State on Sunday, but unlike last season when the Gahanna, Ohio, native allowed frustration to take over in front of friends and family, this time he battled to the end, scoring just three points but grabbing 10 rebounds in 26 minutes. Besides Michigan State, second-ranked Duke surrendered 96 points in a loss at NC State, fourth-ranked Arizona State fell in overtime at Colorado and fifth-ranked Xavier played from behind from almost start to finish in a loss at Providence.
The Spartans, who came in leading the nation with a 53.3 field goal percentage, shot just 39 percent for the game and committed a dozen turnovers.
Meanwhile, Michigan beat IL 79-69 on Saturday for its seventh straight win. The soon-to-be-top-ranked Wildcats did hold off Marquette at home, but they're not defending as well as previous Villanova teams have.
"It was a complete breakdown", Izzo said.
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said a confident Ohio State team ran into the Spartans on an off day.
Dantonio won his 100th game as head coach at Michigan State with the victory in the Holiday Bowl and is one of just eight active FBS coaches to own at least 100 victories at his current school. "There are a couple of areas where we're going to get better".
Peyton Aldridge added 17 points for Davidson (8-8, 2-1 Atlantic-10) and KiShawn Pritchett and Kellan Grady had 15 points apiece.
Kam Williams opened up the second half with a slam, and the Buckeyes never trailed again. They are after handing Wisconsin its worst-ever loss inside the Kohl Center, overcoming a 20-point deficit at home to MI and now dispatching the Hawkeyes.
Ohio State last beat the No. 1 team in the country in 2007, when the then-No. Michigan State coach Danton Cole said that he saw a definite improvement in the Spartans in this rematch and the key was "starting a little quicker".
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Kodi Justice scored 20 points and carried the offensive load most of the night for Arizona State (13-2, 1-2 Pac-12), but Evans found a groove late, scoring 10 straight points down the stretch.
Ohio State The Buckeyes made the most of their momentum and played solid defense to pull off the upset.
Best player: Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio State.
"I understand what a moment like this can mean for our university when a program like ours is being successful, how much pride our fan base takes in it, but we've got a long way to go", he said. "Everyone came into the game and gave us some great stuff. This is the start of it".
With the exception of Bates-Diop, neither team shot particularly well in the first half.
Ohio State's 19-4 run starting with 4:36 left included a pair of free throws by Bates-Diop after Izzo received a technical foul for demonstratively taking issue with an official's call.
Struggling on the road has been a theme with this team since I started covering them a year ago.
"I didn't like the way we handled it", Izzo said.