- Michigan State and Loyola Chicago clashed on Wednesday morning in the Battle 4 Atlantis
- The matchup went right down to the wire with Michigan State winning on a last-second alley oop
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There isn’t much in this world that’s better than watching two of college basketball’s best programs go head-to-head on a Wednesday morning. Today, that’s exactly what we got in the thriller between Loyola Chicago and Michigan State.
It was a back and forth battle where neither team led by more than 9 at any point and the lead changed repeatedly throughout the second half. Unfortunately for Loyola, Michigan State just had one more big play in them.
It was truly a stroke of genius from head coach Tom Izzo. He knew Loyola was at a size disadvantage, so he set up Marcus Bingham Jr. to set a screen at the top of the key and roll to the basket to collect a lob from Tyson Walker. It worked to perfection and the basketball world was collectively impressed with the play call and Michigan State’s win.
You don’t see game-winning alley-oops too often. Nice win for Michigan State.pic.twitter.com/fQIMMvIMCg
— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) November 24, 2021
Tyson Walker breaking ankles and connecting with Marcus Bingham Jr. for the Michigan State win!! pic.twitter.com/0W23YSxb20
— Aram Cannuscio (@AC__Hoops) November 24, 2021
Marcus Bingham just told the world what those in East Lansing have known for months: He's one of the most improved players in the Big Ten. Michigan State advances in the Bahamas.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) November 24, 2021
A couple of important figures at Michigan State even chimed in.
— Mel Tucker (@Coach_mtucker) November 24, 2021
In other news, Marky playing big boy basketball!! Good dub For MY SPARTANS! https://t.co/yQMT6Ylv9L
— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) November 24, 2021
This was a big win for Michigan State as they’ve now won 4 in a row since their season opening loss to Kansas. Maybe if they can put together a few more wins in a row they won’t have to take the bus to games anymore.