Michigan State center Derrick Nix goes 6-foot-9, 270 pounds. The Spartans cheerleader he fell on during Wednesday’s game against Minnesota is significantly smaller than that, to say the least.
With a little over five minutes to go in the first half, Nix tracked down a loose ball that was about to go out-of-bounds and was able to tap it safely back into play. Unable to stop the significant amount of forward momentum generated from his hustle play, he went tumbling onto one of the MSU cheerleaders sitting cross-legged behind the end line.
From the looks of it, she was okay. Although you can’t blame the Breslin Center crowd for gasping and fearing that she wouldn’t be able to get up.