The Starting Five After missing all seven games in December with a left ankle injury, Miles Bridges has played in the last seven games, averaging 15.9 points and 8.1 rebounds in 29.6 minutes.
He’s been even better over the last five games, averaging 20.2 points and 9.0 rebounds.
MSU is 12-4 when committing 15 or fewer turnovers and 1-5 when committing more.
Over the last 17 games, Michigan State has used eight different starting lineups. Nebraska Notes Michigan State leads the all-time series with Nebraska, 12-9, although the Huskers own a 6-4 advantage in games played in Lincoln.
The two teams met six times between 19, but did not meet again until the 2011-12 season.
Terran Petteway led Nebraska with 32 points, while Shavon Shields added 21 points and seven rebounds.
Travis Trice paced Michigan State with 27 points and Denzel Valentine added 21 points and 11 rebounds for the first 20-point, 10-rebound game of his career.
Michigan State’s freshman class of Miles Bridges, Joshua Langford, Nick Ward and Cassius Winston is the most productive freshman class of the Tom Izzo era as the quartet averages a combined 42.4 points, 18.5 rebounds and 90.6 minutes, with each one starting at least five contests.
Bridges and Langford were Mc Donald’s All-Americans, Winston joined Bridges as Jordan Brand All-Americans and all four players were ranked in the Top 40 in the nation.
Following a Nebraska free throw miss, Valentine had a chance for a game winner, but the shot rimmed out. The Huskers led 39-25 at the half, and 58-43 with remaining in the contest.
Valentine led MSU with 24 points and Eron Harris added 14 points, while Shields led all scorers with 28 points. The Spartans mounted a furious comeback, but came up just short in the final minute.
Nebraska’s backcourt features two of the top scorers in the Big Ten, with Tai Webster ranking third in the league with 18.1 ppg and Glynn Watson Jr. Webster is the only Big Ten player to score in double figures in every game so far this season and has 22 consecutive double-figure games dating back to last season.