Keith Apples knows it. The entire MSU bench knows it. Trey Jonathan Burke has the “E-Touch”.
8-17 from the floor, 5-6 from the line, 21 points, 8 assist, 2 turnovers and 5 steals in 38 minutes.
Not even Thomas Izzo knew what to do.
Izzo gave Michigan all it had. Especially a thing called “toughness”, which is what makes Izzo’s teams go so far into the tournament according to 97.1 the Ticket. But this Sunday, I think Michigan out-”toughed” the toughest bunch of tough guys in the toughest conference this side of the Toughassippi River.
On a day where Michigan went 0-12 from the 3 point line, where they “live and die by the 3″, they ended up beating the Spartans at their own game, points in the paint.
Points in the paint: MSU 26 – MICH 44
For all the Spartan Fans who say “We only lost by 1″ as some kind of qualifier to having a better team, sure, go ahead. Just remember that a 3 star FWD recruit from U of D made your 5 star, 6’11 Center (Payne) and 4 Star 6’10 Center (Nix) look out of breath and fat. Maybe Izzo was right when he told us all Payne has baby lungs?
Here’s to hoping MICH will get to play MSU again. A best out of 3 would be a blast. Especially with a healthy Stauskas. Maybe…