"Listen, they're a legitimate national championship contender", Holtmann said, according to The Columbus Dispatch.
That quickly changed, as the Spartans ended the first half on a 15-3 run and continued to dominate throughout the second half, winning by a final score of 91-61.
"Miles had one of his more solid games", Spartans coach Tom Izzo said.
As a team, the Spartans shot, 57 percent from the field and 57 percent from beyond the arc.
Michigan State has a distinct advantage in the post and feeding Ward and Jackson Jr. will be all the Spartans need to dominate this one down low. But Simmons responded nicely with three assists and a rebound in seven first-half minutes. Maryland had no answer at the power forward spot for the skilled 6-foot-11 Jackson; sophomore Justin Jackson would've guarded him if healthy.
The Spartans are 5-0 ATS in their last five games following a straight-up win and 5-0 ATS in their last five games overall.
Michigan State (14-1) needed better competition, and it's about to get it.
The Spartans weren't able to get any closer as Marody's third tally of the day with 3:47 to go put the game away for MI.
"I think we can become a little bit fooled - If we can't, I think fans can be - of these four games (but) take nothing away from us", Izzo said. He finished with eight points.
"We'll see, but I think in anything we've had our good moments this year, we've also been humbled at times, so we'll see how we play on Sunday". Cowan had some success doing so, like on this jumper over Joshua Langford and on this drive-and-dish to senior Jared Nickens. Russell LaBounty, USA TODAY Sports Dec 4, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; Michigan's Charles Matthews dunks during the second half against Ohio State at Value City Arena.
The Terrapins (13-4, 2-2) had won seven straight.
Turgeon said Michigan State's defense is what sets this group apart from some of the other formidable teams he has run into on trips to East Lansing. Rebounding is also a strength but the Terrapins average 40 per game as well, but injuries could cause that to waver. Cekovsky fouled out with over eight minutes remaining in the second half while Fernando was held to just 2-of-8 shooting. The Terps will struggle to beat a quality team on the road during conference play if they lean so heavily on their top two players. Ohio State and Michigan State are tied atop the conference standings with Purdue.
Huerter didn't completely agree with Turgeon's postgame comment that he thought the Terps "got better" playing as they did early against the Spartans.
Taro Hirose gave the Spartans their first goal 26 seconds into the game. "He just made plays".
There will be tougher tests against more-rested and bigger defenses, but if the Spartans can uphold their New Year's resolution through the rest of 2018, they're bound to leave a trail of Big Ten opponents tossing their hands up in the air and wondering how the heck to stop these guys.
Keita Bates-Diop scored 18 points and nine rebouunds for Ohio State.