Do you want to see one of the worst starts in program history? Check out the first half for the Illini against the Spartans. We were able to dig into an 8-0 hole less than four minutes into the game. The first double-digit lead for Michigan State happened at the 11:30 mark in the first half when they took the lead 17-7.
Michigan State’s lead would only increase from there. They managed to increase the lead to 19 points with 3:46 left in the first half. Illinois did start to show some signs of life toward the end of the first half as they were able to get the deficit back down to 17 points by halftime.