"We've got to get home and get rested and get ready for (Michigan State)", Collins said.
As it stands right now, the Wildcats will walk out with a win, unless Michigan State vaults an impressive comeback.
Michigan State's comeback was the largest in Big Ten history hoops and the fifth largest in college basketball history. "They outplayed us for two-thirds of the game in every fashion".
The Spartans struggled to get in any offensive rhythm from the tip as Northwestern used big halves from Vic Law and Gavin Skelly along with two 10-0 runs to grow a substantial first half lead. For a team that shoots 42 percent from deep, MSU's ability to knock down the triple will be crucial for a team looking to win in an Allstate Arena which has seen the Wildcats go 11-3 at this year. His team nevertheless comfortably handled that contest, topping NU 61-52 in East Lansing thanks to big nights from guard Cassius Winston and center Nick Ward - two players who remain important contributors beyond Bridges. Skelly, who had not finished a game in double-digits since January 17 against Ohio State, ended the first half with 11.
They were up 49-27 after a stunning first half that had fans chanting "Overrated!"
The Spartans are coming off a 30-point shellacking of Minnesota on Tuesday night, in which freshman Jaren Jackson Jr. led the way with a career-high 27 points. Pardon leads in rebounds with 7.0 while McIntosh tops in assists with 5.2 per game. Law took over the game during that stretch, scoring the first seven points during the run.
"We started guarding", Izzo said on Fox Sports after the game. "To win a championship defense has to travel".
The Spartans ended the first 20 minutes with just two more made shots (8-of-24) than turnovers (6).
"We were very stagnant offensively in the first half", said Miles Bridges who finished with eight points on 2-of-6 shooting from the field. The Spartans may look like the clearly superior team, but Northwestern still has some juice left in the tank and it showed that against MI last week.
"I think you could sense that when we got it down to nine that they (Northwestern) were getting very frustrated", said Winston. MSU shot 54 percent from the floor in the second half after going 8-of-24 before halftime.
It was a different Northwestern team as well.
Michigan State has played a number of closer-than-expected games on the road this season, but nonetheless improved its record away from home to 6-1 by beating the Golden Gophers. Gavin Skelly tossed in 11 points and Scottie Lindsey chipped in 10 points with four assists for Northwestern, which went more than 11 1/2 minutes without scoring during the Spartans' rally. This win is imperative for the Spartans' Big Ten title hopes.