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Day-Day can't do it all-all for MSU

Posted on: February 28, 2012 11:57 pm
Edited on: February 29, 2012 12:01 am
Day-Day was the only one doing work-work Tuesday-Tuesday Night-Night. (Getty Images)
By Matt Norlander

Michigan State had this great play from Draymond Green, and other great plays from Draymond Green Tuesday night, but not much else in losing to Indiana, 70-55.

The Hoosiers and their crowd were ready. Everyone in hunter green who didn't have the name "GREEN" stitched to the back of their jersey was most definitely not. The Spartans' supporting case was basically a bunch of water boys, but we'll get to them in a second. The question in the aftermath of this game: Did MSU lose its chance at a one seed tonight? No. Beat Ohio State and win the Big Ten title and MSU is getting a one, I think, especially if UNC beats Duke Saturday, equaling out that season series between two top-seed seekers. Plenty of muck to clean up between the six teams flopping in the bowl fighting over those final two No. 1 spots. Still, MSU was done from the get-go against Indiana.

Take out Green and put in an average college basketball player and it's unlikely the Spartans put up 35 against IU -- that's how much Green meant tonight, and in a way acted as a microcosm for the Spartan's season so far. (Tomorrow on the blog we'll have a three-way comparison between Green, Anthony Davis and Thomas Robinson, to see who's the best Player of the Year candidate). Spartans not nicknamed Day-Day were 10-of-34 from the field and 2-of-7 on 3s. To balance it out, though, Green had six turnovers, which hurt, but he had the ball so much he became a focal point for MSU's offense and the obvious, magnetic target for Indiana's defense.

Everyone knew where the ball was going when MSU had it, and eventually the Spartans wore down because of it.

It wasn't just offensive problems. Indiana's Victor Oladipo was unguarded at times and made Indiana look Final Four-worthy (which I don't think IU is). The Hoosiers got a couple of huge 3s from Will Sheehey and Christian Watford late to pull away, but I was stunned by how the rest of MSU's team didn't show up, leading to the late lead by Indiana. A credit to Tom Crean's team for limiting the love-to-run Spartans, who had just four fast-break points from MSU.

Big picture: a lot of things broke down tonight, and we saw that Green can't make up for so many faulty parts.

And one final note on Indiana. I was at Assembly Hall almost two weeks ago. I wrote it then, and it gets emphasized on a night like this: No matter what happens in the NCAAs, this will be one of the most memorable seasons of Tom Crean's life. His team has beaten then-No. 1 Kentucky, then-No. 2 Ohio State and now-No. 5 Michigan State at home. Assembly Hall has always had an aura, but this year it's established a haunt that could have long-term effects of intimidation like you see Wisconsin, Michigan State, Duke and Kansas benefit from.

Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2012 2:47 pm

Day-Day can't do it all-all for MSU

Thank you  for the laughs Halevictor glad you brought up that football topic. Were you even born when meechigan last beat MSU? And  by my recollection UM was looking up in the basketball standings at MSU. Green simply not that good? Really? Big Ten leading rebounder as a small forward? Even over Sampson? Sullinger? and the other beheamoths? Oh wait I forgot the Big Ten sucks this year so it must be easy to have those stats? How's that Hardaway experiment workin out for ya? And speaking of the NBA can you give me an update on how the current um players are doing in the NBA? Use extra paper if necessary.

Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 10:25 pm

Day-Day can't do it all-all for MSU

Buck & Halevictor, Act your age not your IQ! MSU lost to a good team.  IU plays at the highest level.  ANY win on the road in the BIG should be cherished.  ANY loss should not be a surprise.  We could lose to OSU Sunday, or we could run the table!  Either way I'm STILL PROUD of The Spartans!  

None of it matters.  What matters are these college athletes.  They all should be applauded and given credit because they do the right things for the right reasons.  These MSU AND IU teams have developed more character than any "ALL-STAR".  Stay in school, get your degree, and build your future. 

Quit buying the "IMAGE" of a champion, the image of a champion comes for free when you do the right thing!

Since: May 18, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 9:42 pm

Day-Day can't do it all-all for MSU

I said last night state would lose to IU by 12.  I was 3 short.  I'm saying right now ohio blows out little sister by 15+ Sunday.  The true green and white colors will be flying to close out this season.  Can't finish, just like football.  Day Day (you're kidding me) is just simply not that good.  I'll give you the fact that he's a very good leader and a decent rebounder for college basketball but that's all we're ever going to see from this kid.  He'll never be a pro scorer.  His illustrious 2 or 3 year pro career will see him hit an astounding 1.2 points per game.  Dee dee has had a very nice college career but he's about to run out of steam.  Blown out to not claim the title outright.......losing in the first round of the big 10 tourney and an embarassing loss in the first round of the dance.  Sorry sissie, the times they are a changin!!!   You didn't actually think that things would always stay the same did you????

Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: February 29, 2012 5:05 pm

Day-Day can't do it all-all for MSU

Hey Buckubad.
hows a #3 seed sound sparty
Frankly it sounds real good for a team that was unranked and picked anywhere from 3rd-7th in the Big Ten.  
But how does a # 3 seed in the Big Ten Tourney and a 2-3 seed in the Dance sound to your team picked in the top 2-3 in the country at the begining of the season?

Since: Mar 28, 2008
Posted on: February 29, 2012 3:26 pm

Day-Day can't do it all-all for MSU

grow up....

Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 1:06 pm

Day-Day can't do it all-all for MSU

It seems all the other posters want to talk about is what conference is tougher and schedules etc.. That is all irrelevant once the tournament starts. One statement in the article that caught my eye though was when it was noted "Indiana's Victor Oladipo was unguarded at times and made Indiana look Final Four-worthy" (which you said you didn't think they were). What team out there is Final Four worthy? There are no great teams this year; I don't care what Kentucky's record is. If anything, Indiana proved that when they are playing well, they can play with anyone... I repeat ANYONE! In the UK game they played Kentucky even the first half and then dominated the second. Only some really poor play by Verdell Jone over about a minute and a half allowed Kentucky to get back in the game and actually take the lead. Everyone dilutes that game down to Christian Watford hitting a miracle shot at the end like Indiana some how "lucked" there way to that position and then threw in a prayer. It was really a prayer being answered to prevent a team (UK) from lucking out a win they didn't deserve. Kentucky has great talent as does Ohio State, Syracuse and North Carolina and a few others but there are no great teams this year. So is Indiana final four worthy? Who knows. I think the same thing can be said about any other team this time. It should be a GREAT tournament.

Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: February 29, 2012 12:26 pm

Day-Day can't do it all-all for MSU

I forgot the tough conference schedule UK has! give me a break! The ACC has some good quality teams in it. To say the Big Ten is overrated whatever dude! The Big Least is overrated! The Big 12 doesn't get enough respect!

Since: Feb 26, 2010
Posted on: February 29, 2012 11:22 am

Day-Day can't do it all-all for MSU

First of all I would wager that the Big 10 will have a team in the final 4. Secondly, most teams do lose the bulk of their games in conference- conference play is tough, the teams know each other better, and teams are likely to over look at least one game against an inferior opponent in preperation for a big game which usually results in an upset. I commend Kentucky and Syracuse for not slipping up in conference play- both have had some close calls with less than great teams, but to their credit thay have found ways to win. Lastly about the comments on scheduling for the first 14 games- the Spartans played Duke, UNC, Florida St., and Gonzaga! What do want 10 games against top 25 teams in non conference? When you play in a power conference and you know you're going to play 10-12 quality games during conference play why in hell would you schedule more than 4 or 5 tough non conf. games...? Know your info before you post your take otherwise you lose all credibilty. Also, if the conferences you listed as overrated (Big10, Big12, and Big East) then what conferences are strong? Get out of here!      

Since: Nov 18, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 10:56 am

Day-Day can't do it all-all for MSU

I've said from the start of the season when UNC whipped the Spartans by 25 that MICHST phewwwwwwwwww

Really no BIG10 team is that GREAT...Good yes but no GREAT TEAMS  I do not SEE any big10 team in final 4 nor as a #1 SEED

Mich ST will lose next game to OHIO STATE


Everyone so high on INDIANA  beating rated teams...let's not forget that the teams they beat are in their conf other than KEN

If you look at the top 5 teams in big10's record and who they all scheduled  their first 14 games  FUNNY

You can bank on it the WINNER OF IT ALL WILL BE BETWEEN these 3 teams   KEN  UNC  DUKE    REMEMBER THIS:


Since: Feb 26, 2010
Posted on: February 29, 2012 9:28 am

Day-Day can't do it all-all for MSU

"Choke state u"...? Granted the Spartans didn't play well, but I would hardly call losing to a good Indiana team in a hostile environment choking! With the exception of Kentucky and Syracuse every team this year has had a couple of stinkers including Duke, UNC, OSU, Kansas, Missouri, etc... Either you haven't been watching college basketball long or your just ignorant, but road conference games aren't exactly easy wins especially against another top 25 team. You can also bet besides the fact they were playing the #5 team in the country, coach Crean had this game circled on the calendar as a huge game!

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