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The Thrill is Gone part deux: (Elite 8, Day 1 Game Thread)
Mar 24th, 2018 by USMC Retired

I am, with a heavy heart, attempting to give TUS Members a place to type out their joy or sorrow during the 1st 2 games of the 2018 NC$$ Elite 8.  The Sallys’ vs the Grills and Paris vs Semi-holes. 1st game tips at 1809R on TBS followed by the 2nd (projected @2049R).

Points to ponder:

In both cases these teams are numerical twins in all but wins and losses.

Sally’s and Grills both score it  ~62+ points game, they both rebound it @~31+,  the other metrics are 47-43% FG%, 16 vs 11 assists, ~6 vs 9 steals, and turn it over at a 10 vs ~13 clip. To me the end result is based on the numbers;  a pick ‘em. I also don’t think there is a big difference in how they got to this point, unless it is the Power 5 Conference vs the non-P5C idea, which I am quit sure has been all but buried in 2018.

Paris and the Semi-holes have similar like numbers. They both rebound it at 35 per game, shoot it around 45%, Score in at ~73, assists ~14, steal it ~7, but the Semi-holes turn it over 4 more times and they block 5 more shots. Again I’m not seeing a vast difference for either team and the non-P5C shenanigans doesn’t hold water – this is ACCrier vs BiG Ten.

Conclusion of an ‘ole Marine:

(I will unequivocally state that I want the Sallys’ to win the whole darn thing. Why? none of the rest of the teams left have the same pizzazz or Sister Jean.)

Both the Sally’s and the Grills score it at ~62 points per game, rebound it ~31, she Sallys` shot it better 47-43%, assist it better ~16-11, and Turn it over less 10-12. The Grills get 1 more block and steal it thrice more.

Sallys’ with a buzzer beater

Paris has 8 more wins and 7 fewer losses on the year. Semi-holes went out in their Tourney early, but have played and beaten 3 teams they were supposed to have lost to, based on seedings, etc. We all know what Paris did during the season and BTT, but since arriving in the NC$$ they have won over some very mediocre teams, blowing out 2, but needing a buzzer beater to subdue NASA.

Close game, and I hate to say it, but Paris moves along

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My miserable bracket and yours are here

http://theususalsuspects.mayhem.cbssports.com/brackets/standings

Kindle’s Take:

Loyola (Chicago) Ramblers vs. Kansas State Wildcats 6:09 PM ET

History will be made on Saturday. A No. 9 seed has never played a No. 11 seed in the NCAA Tournament.  Three opponents capable of putting up big offensive numbers, including a Nevada team that ranked among the nation’s most efficient scoring lineups, could not reach 70 points against Loyola.  In addition to outstanding defense, Loyola flourished this season with methodical ball movement and savvy shot choice. The Ramblers can dictate the pace on offense with any one of four shooters averaging better than 55 percent from inside the 3-point arc, and three dangerous long-range shooters in Donte Ingram, Clayton Custer and Marques Townes.

Kansas State may be even more comfortable playing a low-scoring style than the Ramblers. The Wildcats successfully pulled UMBC and Kentucky, two teams with outstanding perimeter-scoring options, into veritable rock fights.  Bruce Weber’s Wildcats have out-muscled and frustrated opponents through the NCAA Tournament, forcing them into long scoring droughts that give Kansas State cushion to build leads. Falling behind 8-to-10 points to a K-State bunch that ranks No. 307 in tempo, according to KenPom.com, is comparable to trailing a faster opponent by 20.

Loyola doesn’t panic, having rallied from deficits in all three of their Tournament wins.  Loyola’s outstanding shooting will make the difference, and Porter Moser will coach a team into the Final Four 20 years after his late mentor, Rick Majerus, did the same. Midnight has not yet arrived for Cinderella.

Sister Jean and the Nash Ramblers roll on.

#3 Michigan Wolverines vs. #9 Florida State Seminoles 8:49 PM ET

This is far from Leonard Hamilton’s most talented team in Tallahassee but his Florida State group is balanced, deep and can play just about any style of basketball you can throw at them. The Seminoles have managed three straight massive upsets to reach an improbable Elite Eight berth and few can claim to be as deep as they are.

The Wolverines equaled a school record with their 31st win of the season in a romp over Texas A&M in the Sweet 16, controlling everything on both ends of the court from the opening tip to the final buzzer.  Their last loss was all the way back on Feb. 6 and, while Michigan needed an improbable Jordan Poole buzzer-beater to even make it to the second weekend, it might be hard to find a team playing as well as this one on both ends of the court.  There is more that could be said but even mentioning them here is considered an affront to the sensibilities of the TUS psyche.  It is even reported that threatening letters are being sent to Cindy Wakeley for daring to pick the Wolverines to win it all.   It follows that things will only get worse.

Harbaughshians advance to the Final Four.

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MSUBeachwalker’s Take:

While the thrill is certainly gone, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed “Sister Jean & crew”. Fun to see how much respect & enjoyment is there ( & it doesn’t hurt that Drew Valentine is in the bench.).

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Once again, former law enforcement has created a better picture of today’s events;  however, in defense of the my ineptitude, I will remind that I used to destroy stuff more than not.  (And no, I didn’t send any letters of a threatening nature to a certain young lady)

 

PS There are also 2 good Lacrosse games on starting @ 1130 on the U. Which is what my flat screen will be pointed.

Ferris State University, the top seed in the Division II men’s basketball tournament, takes on Northern State (of South Dakota) for the D-II national championship at 3 p.m. at Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls. The game will be televised live by CBS.

A friend of mine (slightly older, who broke his ankle in bootcamp (badly) and never got to enjoy SEA) asked what he would look like when/if he achieved Jean’s age;  I said look in the mirror.

Game Thread–BIG Tourney–No. 1 Michigan State vs. No. 9 Wisconsin 12:00 p.m. ET, BTN
Mar 2nd, 2018 by Kindle

The last thing I want to do is watch the Big Ten’s Grayson Allen-buzzcut Brad (Day Tripper) Davison play another minute of basketball this season but here we are. A better game plan today will prevent Brad (IT’S MY SHOULDER AND I’LL CRY IF I WANT TO) Davison from another 30-point performance. 

Here’s how you can watch Friday’s Michigan State vs. Wisconsin game:

Date: Friday, March 2
Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
Location: New York City, N.Y.
Venue: Madison Square Garden
TV: Big Ten Network
Live Stream: BTN2Go

By now all of TUS and the Spartan fan base has certainly heard that Coach Izzo declared his team will no longer be answering questions about anything  unrelated to basketball and the focus will be on a deep NCAA Tournament run. First, though, Michigan State will have to focus on beating Wisconsin for the second time in a span of six days.

The No. 9 Wisconsin Badgers advanced to the Big 10 Conference quarterfinals with a win over No. 8 Maryland, 59-54 on Friday afternoon from Madison Square Garden. Michigan State ranks second in the nation and is the top seed in the Big 10 tournament. These teams met twice this season with Michigan State winning both including the regular season finale on Feb. 25, 68-63 from Madison.

BADGERS TALK REVENGE??? (Talkin’ smoke from a Winston fire!!!)

Since a home loss to No. 2 Michigan State to end the regular season on Sunday, the members of the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team have made it clear that they wanted another shot at the Spartans.  “We’ve got five guys, they have five guys,” UW junior swingman Khalil Iverson said, “and we’re not going to back down just because of what everyone says on the outside.”  ~~~~“We wouldn’t want it any other way,” UW redshirt freshman forward Aleem Ford said Thursday after the Badgers advanced with a 59-54 win over Maryland. “Just to be able to get another shot at them is the perfect way for us to continue rolling.”

[Yes, Iverson really said, ” “We’ve got five guys, they have five guys.”]  Now that sounds a bit like a THE USUAL SUSPECTS  Pep Talk to me.  “Men, sure we’re outnumbered 20 to 1….they may have more men, more horses, and their horses may be faster, and more intelligent than ours, they have arrows with fire, which probably don’t hurt more than the regular ones—and, unlike them, we have very little training, —-hmmmm, —now look, I’m really gonna level with you guys…….. the Mesh Gallery has scenes that can soothe a troubled soul.

 

Admittedly, there really isn’t any bulletin board material there in what these Wisconsin players said.  Then, as I was typing I heard this, “As a part of our defense we must build a new nuclear arsenal.”  Hmmm, maybe things are getting that serious.  Oh, back to the tourney….

UW certainly needs a big game from junior center Ethan Happ, who was held to 13 points after going 6 of 17 from the field and 1 of 5 from the free throw line against the Spartans. Michigan State rotated players on Happ, using Nick Ward, Xavier Tillman and Jaren Jackson Jr. to make life difficult on their big star in the paint.

Here’s who to be watching for on Friday for MSU.

  • Ethan Happ — 17.9 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 53% FG shooting
  • Brad (“It’s My Shoulder & I’ll Cry If I Want To”) Davison — 12.1 points, 2.5 assists, 1.3 steals, 37% 3-point shooting
  • Brevin Pritzl — 9.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 36% 3-point shooting
  • Khalil Iverson — 8.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 54% FG shooting

HOW DOES THAT WINSTON TASTE?

Among the things the Badgers need to do better this time around, to even have a chance, is keep Michigan State off the offensive glass and contain the toxic effect of our sleek, smokeless Winston additive.  Sophomore point guard Cassius Winston, who went 6 of 6 from 3-point range and finished with a team-high 20 points last Sunday is only one of the Spartan weapons, but he has blown the most smoke in recent games.

MILES TO GO?

To be sure, that Wisconsin game won’t make the Miles Bridges highlight film. It is time for Miles to prove to himself and everyone that the last game was a hiccup and that he’s ready to take on the world this month. That starts at the Big Apple today!

AFFORDING LANGFORD?

Two games back, against  Illinois, Josh scored 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting (3-of-4 from 3-point range).  Against Wisconsin he was, well just okay, taking just three shots en-route to five points.  Ooh.  Our team has fared well despite Langford not being a drop-dead shooter in that stretch. It’s just when he gets going too, he can help make this team unbeatable.

 

With all of the Spartan strength and their best ever record at this point—to their detriment, many are clinging on their close, hang-on victories as a reason to downgrade them.

This is all Kindle and it is marvelous. I will only add that while the adage of beating a team 3 times is a bug-a-boo, it is not impossible – we’ve done it before and in this Tourney. It’s the 2nd of  Izzo!

Michigan State has the nation’s longest active Division I winning streak.

Michigan State (28-3) has won the tournament five times but only twice as the top seed. Its last tournament championship came two years ago.

“There hasn’t been many teams who have won the regular season outright and the conference tournament and that’s our goal,” Izzo said.

 

 

A Shot of (@)Whiskey
Feb 25th, 2018 by USMC Retired

Questions surrounded MSU rhis week.

Izzo denied wrong-doing by anyone.

Some suggested Miles Bridges should not even play.

 

Spartans take on the Madison Dolly’s today at 1300 before CBS switches to PGA Golf (and Tiger’s 4th round of competitive golf in almost 4 years). The game is being played inside a place located on the frozen tundra, though south of Green Bay, Wisconsin.  It should be a raucous crowd urging their heroes on in the last game of the season as they have now won a trifecta. As the post season opportunities will be limited to the BTT this year, the home crowd will be primed for an upset of the #1/#2 Spartans.

Points to ponder:

Whiskey has not had a very stellar season (middling to say the best @14-16, although they are on the aforementioned 3 game winning streak ) with their only claim to fame being the recent defeat of PU in the Chickens recent 3 game slide. In that game the Whiskey center Ethan Happ outplayed the fleet footed Chicken center (unlike the Spartans, in the previous game who chose NOT to double team Haas, but defend the 3) Containing Happ is a must to garner the win in Madison. As alluded earlier, Whiskey played Minnie-Haha on Monday and won, then traveled to the rock concert home of the MildCats on Tuesday and won. In those games their cast of characters didn’t change with Happ averaging in double figures in scoring, while not rebounding near as well as he ought.  Other starters had 1 of 2 good games . Former Spartan Travis Trice’s younger brother D’Mitrik (W#0) played for Whiskey a good bit, but did not see the floor in the last 2 games.

Folks to watch from Whiskey team include Happ (W#22) Davison (W#21) and Iverson (W#1): the 1st 2 for scoring and #22 does get 8 rebounds in BT play and the latter for his rebounding assistance to #22, he gets almost 8 himself. Spartans won comfortably at home, but as noted above this game is across the Big Lake and we all know what foibles can transpire in enemy territory (if not…..)

From Kindle, but I wholeheartedly agree, the pics are also from him

We are aware the Spartans will at least share the Big Ten Title, which now gives Tom Izzo eight of them. EIGHT. The eight conference titles has moved Izzo into a tie with Walter Meanwell (Wisconsin) for the third most in conference history, trailing only Bob Knight and Ward Lambert, who had 11 each.

But, the bigger story in this frantic news weekend became the breathless coverage of the college basketball scandal as it supposedly touches/touched Michigan State with expense account entries of a less than stellar character named Christian Dawkins.

In the past three threads much has been cited and written about in the posts and comments by TUS members.   There’s not much to add here today soooo,

We can leave it there, for now, with this:

MSU took more than 24 hours to come to a decision on Bridges, but after vetting Bridges’ case with the NCAA, both entities  deemed his situation above board and not at risk for potential retribution from the NCAA.

The NCAA has cleared Miles Bridges to play on Sunday after an internal investigation by Michigan State’s compliance committee. That’s great news for the Spartans who are facing off against a team that has won three straight and 4-of-5.

On to the game preview——–

Could this season’s off-court distractions be any more deafening for the young Spartans? Probably not, but the team has handled them extremely well, IMHO, while winning 11 straight games. Wisconsin might be hot all of a sudden, but the Spartans won’t be nervous heading into yet another hostile environment. Sure, the the game could even be close for a majority of the first 25-30 minutes, but I think we can safely expect Michigan State to pull away, possibly waaay away before it is over.  I think MSU will be inspired by all of this flack rather than dispirited.  I’m thinking a chip-on-the-shoulder kind of game to bid adios to an amazing and weird season.

Nick Ward and Jaren Jackson combined for nine blocks against Ethan Happ in the previous meeting and the Spartans appear to have the Badgers over-matched at every position—still, we have to admit that this is the type of game that defines a season for teams. Will MSU play at its best, which I expect, or will it let a Badger team that they should beat, hang around and sneak out a win? In a season with plenty of MSU distractions and earlier turnover woes, each team has been playing great basketball as of late and true freshman Brad Davison has grown into the role of point guard while running the team very well lately.  I expect some Tum Tum defense on Davison.

Conclusion:

It will be a close game, maybe for awhile, but the Spartans prevail and ALL will continue to be RIGHT with the world as the Spartans EARN the top Seed in the BTT in The Cesspool that is NYC.

Humbly submitted for your perusal this 25th day of February in the Year of Our Lord 2018.

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Post Script/NorthForkRancher (who is holding a note card that reads, “I hear you.”)

TV Crew: Kevin Harlan & Bill Raftery on the call. “Onions!”  “Big Fella!”

3: Michigan State has won three-straight in the series—but,  the Badgers have taken the last three meetings between the two schools at Kohl Center, where they may be raffling off Bo Ryan face masks and a crock pot or two prior to the game….no pressure cookers though.

What it’s all about (Alfie)
Feb 10th, 2018 by USMC Retired

Spartans are at home against Purdue University(Chickens) today @ 1600 on esPn. The only announcer I recognized is Duckie V ( who will countermand DD’s accretion that the CGSL (Call Girl Serving Louisville) vs Jelly  is a better rivalry than the Duck vs Macadam Stilettos). Duckie V will also go on and on about how much he admires I3T. The former is not relevant (but is in his contract), while the later is expected.

Points to ponder:

Anybody of less intellectual acumen than Dan Dakich (DD) who said that Nick Ward would have his way with the fleet footed (sarcasm) Isaac Haas would be laughed off the TUS site, but he said it Wed night.

I3T and let’s hope his players remember that it was Painter who turned the Spartans and I3T into the NC$$ for that minor violation a few years back.

The game is at the Breslin where the Spartans USUALLY play up to their potential.

As of this typing, I have no idea who the other three participants in this athletic event will be, but I, like you, KNOW one WILL BE Teddy the Butt.

Spartans scored 96 points in their last Big Ten game (doubling their 1st half output (24) of each of the previous two games (48). Unhappily, they also gave up more points in that first half and game than in almost every other Big Ten game in the I3T era. (when you win an NC you get to have an ERA) The 96 scored points has been topped before, most importantly when the 2000 team put 114 on Paris Hilton. But, as I posted they are now 17-0 this season when scoring >80 points

On America soil, the Chickens were undefeated (losing to Acorns Wed. nite) – their only 2 losses coming in the ‘Battle for some sunken city’. Those 2 losses – Rocky Top and West Jelly – gave me the impression at the time that the team missed the I3T rejecting Kaleb as expected. They have gotten used to it.

Both teams are loaded with finalists for various post season awards with Haas and J3 just being named to the list of 10 for the Kareem Best Center Award

Finally, when asked who game the day off to on Friday, I3T responded;

““Everybody — I kicked even my staff out of there late afternoon. I didn’t want anybody working nights,” Izzo said Thursday. “I think everybody needed to get refreshed a little bit. It was a brutal 12 days.””

His players certainly appreciated it.

“Coach told us to stay away,” Bridges said. “He knows how much rest we need. And that was good for us.”

 What to know about the Chickens

Haas, of course takes up space and pushes folks around. He played limited minutes in the 1st meeting last year, but in the 2nd he scored 18; he didn’t start either game.  He will have to deal with Skippy AND J3, this year.

The Edwards boys (C & V) have lead PU in scoring, assists, and rebounds in just about ever game this season. One is a 6-1 guard and the other a 6-8 forward. Both have been named to the Wooden Award final list.

STATS     PU     Opp

Scoring   78.8   65.4

FG%       49%    42%

Caroms   32       31

Assists      17      12

Steals       5.5     5.2

Blocks     4.5      2.5

F/T’s        75%   71% (but this is a meaningless number, IMHO)

They have waylaid, in their climb to second in the regular season heap: Az, Butler, and Paris (twice) All of those games were within 10 points, with the Paris wins by 1 away and 4 at home.

The proved last night that they are imminently beatable and couldn’t cover the Acorn who BEAT the Spartans either. The revenge tactic seems to me to be less effective in Basketball (coming back from a lose) because initially you are too pumped and your touch is off – GoB????

In the Wednesday loss, the team stats are almost identical. The noteworthy difference is that the Chicken Starters play 85% of the minutes. Acorns could have made it less close if they had at least shot the F/T % that PU gives up (62 vs the 71 listed above.)

And GOB has given this insightful opinion:

“V Edwards and Mathias are known quantities. Their improvement is founded on Haas development and the addition of Carsen Edwards. Weakness is bad rebounding. They didn’t get their first offensive rebound until under 8 min left. All in all looking at the talent comparison and matchups we should have the edge even though Haas and the Edwards guys will be difficult to defend. Same was true in just about every game but look what happened with the Acorns and Scum.”

The Players and Coach talk about the Chickens

 

Conclusion:

It will be a close game, but the Spartans prevail and all will again be RIGHT with the world.

SportsLine has it 77-70 Spartans (they weren’t good with the IU score)

Humbly submitted for your perusal this 10th day of February in the Year of Our Lord 2018.

JJ’s post for the PSU Game
Jan 31st, 2018 by USMC Retired

 

MSU Vs. PSU
TIME 6:30p.m. EST
TV BTN with kevin kugler and former PSU player john crispin announcing.
MSU leads seies 37-8 with a 23-1 home record.

last year, MSU played PSU at the Philadelphia Palestra. it was a nine point loss in what i not only consider a home court advantage for PSU, but perhaps the biggest home court advantage in the history of their basketball program. MSU avenged the loss in the big ten tournament with a 27 point blowout.

personal notes:

in JUD’s last season I travelled to PSU for the game which was at the old REC hall. I had a sign that said, “JUD’s A STUD.” it was taken away from me by an usher. I also remember an ignorant PSU fan asking me “Who is JUD?”

I also was at the brice Jordan center for the game where MSU famously shot zero foul shots. I ran into coach izzo shortly thereafter at the PITT football game in Pittsburgh. I proudly told him how I screamed at the refs at that game. he then said to me and I quote. “I love a man who hates the refs.”

Well we need ONE
Jan 22nd, 2018 by USMC Retired

Michigan State (17-3, 5-2) @ Illinois (10-10, 0-7)
When: 9 p.m. ET
TV: FS1

GAME NOTES

* The series between Michigan State and Illinois is tied at 59 wins apiece following Illinois’ 73-70 win in at home last year. Of the last 21 games in the series, 19 have been decided by 10 points or fewer.

* Michigan State has played just two road games this season. That’s the fewest of all Division 1 college basketball teams. Seven of the team’s last 11 games are on the road. Let us hope they learn how to win on the road

* Brad Underwood is in his first year as the coach at Illinois, replacing John Groce. Underwood was the head coach at Stephen F. Austin from 2014-16, where he made three NCAA Tournament appearances. In 2016-17, he was the head coach at Oklahoma State. So to me he’s a gun for hire

* Michigan State enters the game No. 1 in the country in three NCAA Stats: field goal percentage defense (34.8), blocked shots per game (8.0) and assists per game (21.3).

 

Starters:Triple Sticks

P Name Yr. Ht. PPG

G Trent Frazier Fr. 6-1 11.0

G Mark Smith Fr. 6-4 7.1 (MSU offered) 

G Mark Alstork Gr. 6-5 6.3

F Leron Black R-Jr. 6-7 14.5

F Michael Finke R-Jr. 6-10 10.3

Spartans

G Cassius Winston So. 6-0 12.6

G Joshua Langford So. 6-5 13.2

G/F Miles Bridges So. 6-7 16.9

F Nick Ward So. 6-8 14.5

F Jaren Jackson Jr. Fr. 6-11 11.4

 

All 5 are now averaging in double digits

 

Vegas has installed MSU as -11 point favorites (they got hammered over the weekend by the lines on the 2 Conference Championships as neither team covered, so that that number with a grain of sea salt)

 

Spartans need Energy, focus, and a continued attitude of thou shalt NOT score. But as noted above, they have NOT had much experience away in hostile crowds, losing to the Acorns and almost losing to the Pimpernels (now that I’ve learned how to spell it……..)

 

Spartans win it, but…….(I mean Triple Sticks lost to Whiskey the last time out, FCOL)

UofM Visits MSU in Men’s Basketball – Gamethread
Jan 12th, 2018 by Jeffrey Lubeck

President Trump called TUS HQ today to ask a question.  “Do the skunkbears travel from that Sh%#hole Ann Arbor up to East Lansing for a game of basketball with the Spartans?” We replied with a question to the question. “Do you want us to confirm the status of Ann Arbor or the game?” Trump replied “I know that everyone thinks I am your… like, Genius Stable but Crazy Uncle 10x, but believe me, Ann Arbor is worse than Haiti or Africa. WORSE!  What about the game and time?” Answer: Noon Eastern FOX.

The Wolverines and the Spartans meet for the 173rd time on Saturday 1/13/2018.  There is lots of trivia and lots to discuss.

UofM leads the all-time series 91-81.  MSU leads the series in the modern era (1951 – now)  64-51.  MSU leads the series 42-26 in the Heathcote-Izzo era.  MSU lead the series 27-10 in the Izzo era.

So how do the total accomplishments of each program compare?

The numbers above reveal [sic., that] over time UofM has had some superb high profile stars on its roster and is nationally recognized. While the Spartans are easily the superior program overall nationally and in the B1G Conference.

What say You?

There seems to be a lack of ENTHUSIASM for ToNights tussle with the Rugrats
Jan 10th, 2018 by USMC Retired

We won by 10 at there place in the Deloonie required December Games (DRDG)

They have gone 5-3 since then with some wins over a ranked team (the Hall) BUT losses to ranked PU and Crab Legs. They also lost to Stony Brook and Minnie before their Big was suspended.

 

STARTERS

Rutgers

POS.

NAME

PPG

C (21)

Mamadou Doucoure (6-9)

4.1

F (33)

Deshawn Freeman (6-7)

11.8

F (35)

Issa Thiam (6-10)

7.6

G (00)

Geo Baker (6-4)

11.6

G (03)

Corey Sanders (6-2)

13.8

MSU

POS.

NAME

PPG

C (44)

Nick Ward (6-8)

14.7

F (2)

Jaren Jackson Jr. (6-11)

10.8

G (22)

Miles Bridges (6-7)

16.9

G (1)

Joshua Langford (6-5)

13.9

G (5)

Cassius Winston (6-0)

12.8

RugRats lately:
The ‘Rats are coming off a home win over Wisconsin on Friday night, during which they committed only six turnovers, the fewest in the program’s brief Big Ten history. ‘Rats are the Big Ten’s worst shooting team — both on 3-pointers (.295) and free throws (.611), but is among the league’s best on the glass and defensively on the perimeter, where opponents are shooting less than 30 percent from long range.
They haven’t done that well on the Road.
Spartans Win!
Time to Kick the Nuts to the Side
Jan 7th, 2018 by USMC Retired

Good news is Teddy the Butt has been pulled from doing this game.

 

Who: No. 1 Michigan State (15-1, 3-0) vs. Ohio State (12-4, 3-0)
When: 4:30 p.m.
Where:  Columbus, Ohio
TV: CBS
Radio: Spartan Sports Network, WJIM-AM (1240)/WMMQ-FM (94.9) in Lansing, WJR-AM (760) in Detroit, Sirius Ch. 135, XM Ch. 195
Line: Michigan State -8
GAME NOTES

– Michigan State enters the game on a 14-game winning streak. That’s the longest streak for the program since early in the 2012-13 season. Michigan State has won by an average of 28.6 points per game during that stretch.
– The only Michigan State loss since the beginning of the 2014-15 season came last year, when the Spartans lost by five points in Columbus. Eight of the last 13 games have been decided by 13 points or fewer.
* Sunday’s game will mark the first time that Tom  Izzo faces new Ohio State who previously coached Butler and Gardner-Webb.
* Keita Bates-Diop leads the Big Ten in scoring at 19.3 points per game and is third in the conference at 8.9 rebounds per game. (JJJ and MMtW will have a chore, may see more of KGoins today or Kurt.

I’m off to breakfast with the Granddaughter and Daughter; If the Spartans bring the intensity, focus, and energy they had against Md, this will not be a problem Easily cover the spread of  -7.  (when I said they’d cover the Spread against Md, I meant by 2 or 3 points not 13, but this I’m thinking will be closer to 15 than 7.

Go Green!

Game of Thorns – The Tacos (It’s a ‘T’ word)
Jan 3rd, 2018 by USMC Retired

The No. 1 Spartans host the Tacos from College Perk,  without forwards Justin Jackson and Ivana Bender , gone for the year with injuries. Without Jackson, the Tacos lost their best rebounder and third-leading scorer, but I3T said yesterday

“Mark Turgeon is a good coach, they got a good team and their best two players are still there!”

 

TACO SEASON OVERVIEW

Record: 13-3 overall, 2-1 Big Ten

Streak: W7

SOS: 116th

Record vs. RPI top 25: 1-2

Best Win: vs. Butler (79-65 on Nov. 15) which is the team that beat ‘Nova

Worst loss was to St Bonnie

LAST TIME OUT

Maryland came back from a second-half deficit for a 75-69 home win over Quilting Kittens  on Tuesday.

STARTERS (Bold = team leader)

G: #1  tony Cowan(15.6 ppg, 41.7% FG, 37.5% 3FG, 86.9% FT, 5 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.5 spg in 35.3 mpg)

G: #10 Darryl Morsell (8.8 ppg, 42.7% FG, 12.5% 3FG, 72.6% FT, 3 rpg, 1.9 apg in 24.1 mpg)

F: #4 Kevin Hueter(14.1 ppg, 53.7% FG, 45.9% 3FG, 71.4% FT, 5.1 rpg, 3.6 apg in 32.8 mpg)

F: #23 Bruno Fernado(10.6 ppg, 60.6% FG, 0-for-1 3FG, 70.8% FT, 6.4 rpg, 1.8 bpg in 20.4 mpg)

C: #15  Michal Cekovsty(6.3 ppg, 69.1% FG, — 3FG, 61.3% FT, 3.7 rpg, 1 bpg in 16.7 mpg)

BENCH

G: #5  Dion Wile(5.6 ppg, 43.9% FG, 37.7% 3FG, 33.3% FT, 1.9 rpg in 20.5 mpg)

G/F: #11 Nickens(5.3 ppg, 50% FG, 54.3% 3FG, 50% FT, 1.6 rpg in 13.9 mpg)

F: #33 Josh Tomiac(2.3 ppg, 57.1% FG, 50% 3FG, 66.7% FT, 2 rpg in 7.1 mpg)

PLAYER/TEAM ANALYSIS

6-foot sophomore point guard Anthony Cowan Jr. had been the piece that makes this Maryland team go. After starting 33 games as a freshman, Cowan leads the team in scoring, free throw percentage, assists, steals and minutes played, and his 3-point shooting is up to 37.5 percent as a sophomore. He finishes well around the rim despite his size, and he’s taken 98 free throws on the year (something our PG’s could learn from)

Kevin Hueter is a sophomore who started every game as a freshman. The 6-foot-7 guard is a 45.9 percent shooter from 3-point range so far this season, mostly coming off screens. However, Huerter can get into the paint at his size and is shooting 61.9 percent inside the 3-point line. At the other wing spot is 6-foot-4 freshman D Morsell  who made his fifth start of the season in the win over Glad Glade on Tuesday. He’ let it fly from the line (16) but doesn’t make many (2), but he does have 62 attempts from he F/T line (73%)

The 2 bigs who played against the Quilting Kitties are tall but not very athletic, so JJJ moving away from the rim may be effective, but nick may have trouble agains 6110″ & 7’1″ defenders

 

The bench is non-existent as only 3 played, so it’s these 8 who will go up against the Spartans 13.

 

The Spartans are -14 to win and some bald guy with a ball cap who looks like a homeless guy says he’d take the Kitties and the points. We may not win by 20+ again, but I think we cover the spread (bald guy said it would be a let down game after Spartans reached #1 – I’m of the opinion that I3T won’t let that particular let down happen

 

 

Game is on at 2000 on FS1

 

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