So there you have it. You won. Izzone members can once again paint their chests with a number indicating the last time Michigan beat their basketball team, or any team for that matter. All is right in East Lansing. Tom Izzo no longer has to blame his players for having tiny lungs, or being lazy asses. Dray Mound Green lived up to his guarantee of a Sparty victory (which was similar to a “GuaranSHEED” The Pistons Rasheed Wallace would announce, but not as cool) and Mark Hollis can get back to scheduling a hockey game on a polar ice cap. It’s back to business as usual for MSU, for the most part…
It’s now become a big deal for MSU to beat Michigan in basketball, and that’s just fine with me. It means Michigan is good again, but as much as they don’t want to admit it, their body language and play proves otherwise. MSU came out playing a Narduzzi style defense, though they didn’t punch anyone in the throat, they sure caused Michigan some serious problems throughout the game. Lots of chippy plays and even a early goal tending block (that wasn’t called) against Novak gave all Michigan fans that oh so familiar feeling of “Well, this isn’t going to go our way at all”, during. the. entire. game.
Poor shooting, turnovers and just awful execution led MICH to what should have been more than a 10 point loss, and MSU had a lot to do with the outcome. Michigan was rattled from the start. MSU loved every second of it. Their one guy, who is always on the bench. You know, bald, with a goatee. He never plays, but he was acting as if he scored every single point. Their team and fans, were FIRED UP (CHIPS) and there was no shutting them up.
So, with the help of some home cooking, extraordinary defense and and a terrible performance by Michigan, MSU cut off MICH’s winning streak against them, their bitter in-state rival. Actually, does MSU have another rival? Food for thought…
Let’s take a closer look at how MSU “dominated” Michigan this Sunday.
|FT made/Attempted||9 for 12||14 for 20|
What does it mean? Mostly that MICH was pretty terrible and MSU was really good. MSU recovered 12 of their 22 misses as well, which didn’t help MICH in their quest to win 4 in a row.
Here’s to hoping we can see a rematch in the B1G tourney because this rivalry is becoming a hell of a lot of fun again.