What Say You Educated Guesser?
Mar 5th, 2018 by Jeffrey Lubeck

Alumni from Michigan State Football and the current Michigan State University Basketball team are situated at the top of sports news headlines today – Monday March 5th, 2018.

MSU Alum QB Kirk Cousins (currently a member of the Washington D.C. Redskins) is about to hit the free agent market.  The Talking Heads and Experts (aka Educated Guesser’s) state that Captain Kirk can command $30M per year for six years – the highest salary ever.  Wow!  Thoughts?

MSU Alum RB Le’ Veon Bell (currently a member of the Pittsburgh PA Steelers) appears to be far away from agreeing on a new contract. The Talking Heads and Experts (aka Educated Guesser’s) believe that Bell (arguably the best RB in the NFL) may be tagged with the Franchise (player) status for a second year in a row.  The Steelers would be allowed to pay $14.5M for the ability to make the designation. According to the TH\E’s, Bell wants a long-term contract and is threatening to retire.  Thoughts?

MSU Basketball is square in the middle of the discussion of the upcoming NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. The Talking Heads and Experts (aka Educated Guesser’s) cannot talk about seeding or favorites without mentioning MSU.  MSU (29-4 and B1G Regular Season Champion) lost to rival scUM in the BBT Semi-Final.  The loss stung.  However most of the Poll Voters, Bracketologist’s and TH\E’s were on record today as seeing MSU remaining near the top of the seeding. Thoughts?

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.


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.



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.

So What Now Buttercup?
Feb 23rd, 2018 by USMC Retired

#22 and I3T may be part of the FBI probe


Story is here

MSU vs Illinois Game Thread for Senior Night
Feb 20th, 2018 by Kindle

A trio of Michigan State players will be recognized on Senior Day against Illinois at the Breslin Center on Feb. 20 … Graduate transfer Ben Carter, senior Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn Jr. and redshirt senior Gavin Schilling will be honored in ceremonies following the game … Carter came to MSU as a graduate transfer after spending two seasons at UNLV … He sat out last year after a knee injury on the first day of practice, but has played in 20 games and been a valuable frontcourt reserve … Schilling is one of the most experienced players on the team and started 33 games on the 2015 Final Four Team … After missing last season with a knee injury, he has appeared in 29 games this year and is averag-ing 3.2 points and 3.7 rebounds … Nairn Jr. is a three-year captain who is considered one of the great leaders in Mich-igan State history … He is among the Big Ten’s leaders in assists and the nation’s leaders in assist to turnover ratio.

Scouting Report: Michigan State vs. Illinois

No. 2/1 Michigan State has just two games remaining in the regular season, beginning with tonight’s matchup with Illinois.

The Spartans (26-3 overall, 14-2 Big Ten) have a chance to clinch a share of the Big Ten title on senior night tonight against a team that it beat by double digits on the road last month. But Illinois, which has just three Big Ten wins on the season, did force MSU into 25 turnovers last time around, and the Spartans will have to come out focused to avoid having to make another comeback like Saturday at Northwestern.

Here’s a closer look at the Illini ahead of Michigan State’s final home game of the season.

GAME INFO: Michigan State vs. Illinois


Record: 13-15 overall, 3-12 Big Ten

Streak: W1

SOS: 68th

Record vs. RPI Top 25: 1-2

Best Win: vs. Missouri (70-64 on Dec. 23 in St. Louis)

Worst Loss: vs. Iowa (104-97 in overtime on Jan. 11)


Illinois picked up its best win in Big Ten play — there’s only three to choose from — by beating Nebraska 72-66 in Champaign. Junior forward Leron Black had a monster game for the Illini, scoring 28 points on 11-for-18 shooting, including 3-for-4 from deep. Freshman guard Trent Frazier and sophomore forward Kipper Nichols both added 12. Illinois scored 43 points in the first half behind a 7-for-9 shooting performance from 3-point range.

TEAM STATS BREAKDOWN (National, Big Ten ranking)

Adjusted offense: 108 points per 100 possessions (125th, 13th)

Scoring offense: 75.6 ppg (130th, 7th)

Field goals: 43.8% (225th, 10th)

3-pointers: 32% (319th, 13th)

Free throws: 72.8% (121st, 6th)

Assists: 13.4 per game (194th, 12th)

Turnovers: 14.2 per game (278th, 14th)

A/TO ratio: 0.95 (251st, 13th)

Offensive rebounds: 13 per game (18th, 2nd)

OR percentage: 33 percent (25th, 2nd)

Adjusted defense: 102 points per 100 possessions (97th, 12th)

Scoring defense: 72.5 ppg (178th, 12th)

FG defense: 46.7% (299th, 14th)

3-point defense: 33.1% (83rd, 4th)

Fouls: 22.2 per game (343rd, 14th)

Blocks: 2.1 per game (325th, 14th)

Steals: 7.4 per game (60th, 2nd)

Forced turnovers: 17.43 per game (6th, 1st)

Defensive rebounds: 21 per game (348th, 14th)

DR percentage: 71.6% (244th, 13th)

Rebounding margin: +1.1 (165th, 9th)

Rebounding percentage: 50.8% (137th, 8th)

STARTERS (Bold = Team Leader)

G: #1 Trent Frazier (12.3 ppg, 40.9% FG, 32.6% 3FG, 63.9% FT, 1.8 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.6 spg in 25.4 mpg)

G: #23 Aaron Jordan (8.1 ppg, 46% FG, 46.5% 3FG, 83.3% FT, 3.2 rpg in 20.6 mpg)

G: #24 Mark Alstork (6.3 ppg, 33.3% FG, 23.4% 3FG, 76.1% FT, 3.8 rpg, 1.9 apg in 23.5 mpg)

F: #2 Kipper Nichols (9.8 ppg, 43.8% FG, 36.8% 3FG, 85.2% FT, 4.4 rpg in 18.1 mpg)

F: #12 Leron Black (15.1 ppg, 56.6% FG, 53.3% 3FG, 79.5% FT, 5.5 rpg in 26 mpg)


*F: #43 Michael Finke (9.6 ppg, 48% FG, 29.9% 3FG, 57.5% FT, 4.8 rpg, 1.1 apg in 25.4 mpg)

G: #3 Te’Jon Lucas (5.2 ppg, 45.9% FG, 14.3% 3FG, 60% FT, 2 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1 spg in 20.2 mpg)

G: #20 Da’Monte Williams (3.4 ppg, 31.3% FG, 17.1% 3FG, 71.1% FT, 2.7 rpg, 1.1 apg in 17.4 mpg)

F: #11 Greg Eboigbodin (2.1 ppg, 57.5% FG, 0-for-0 3FG, 42.1% FT, 1.4 rpg in 10.3 mpg)

G: #13 Mark Smith (6 ppg, 34.8% FG, 23% 3FG, 82% FT, 1.4 rpg, 1.4 apg in 19.1 mpg)

* – Finke has missed the last three games with a concussion.


Michigan State beat Illinois 87-74 back on Jan. 22 in a game that could have been a much bigger blowout. The Spartans shot 78.9 percent from the field in the first half and 68.2 percent for the game, but they also turned it over 25 times to keep the score closer than it probably should have been.

The Spartans shot such a high percentage from the field and turned it over so many times for the same reason. Under first-year head coach Brad Underwood, Illinois extends its defense out on the perimeter and is aggressive jumping passing lanes and trapping. As a result, the Illini rank second in the Big Ten in steals and first in turnovers forced per game. However, that defensive strategy is also why Illinois is at or near the bottom of the league in virtually every other defensive category except for 3-point field goal defense.

Once again, Michigan State should be able to find open, high-percentage shots. However, if the Spartans can’t take care of the basketball, Illinois will be able to stick around again.

Illinois is also not a very efficient offensive team, and the best thing the Illini do on that end of the floor is rebound. MSU’s biggest challenge defensively will be keeping Illinois off the glass. As far as offensive options, Leron Black is the Illini’s best player, leading the team in scoring 15.1 points per game. He’s also one of only four Illinois players shooting better than 30 percent from 3-point range, connecting on a team-high 53.3 percent of his attempts. Granted, he barely takes more than one 3-pointer per game (1.1), but MSU can’t forget about him on the perimeter.

Freshman guard Trent Frazier scored 13 points against MSU the last time, but it was junior forward Kipper Nichols who kept things interesting by scoring a career-high 27. Nichols hasn’t scored 20-plus points or made more than two 3-pointers in any other game this season, but he went 5-for-8 from distance against the Spartans. With that, the scouting report will be a bit different on Nichols this time around.

Illinois is likely to be without regular starting center Michael Finke, who has missed the last three games with a concussion. Finke made the trip to East Lansing, but reports are that he’s not expected to play.


Illinois played well to pick up a win over Nebraska on Sunday, but Michigan State is just a bad matchup for the Illini. The Spartans were able to turn it over 25 times and still win by 13 in the last meeting because MSU has the playmakers to take advantage of Illinois’ pressure defense. And, in the eight games since the win over the Illini, Michigan State has turned it over only 10.9 times per game, below the team’s overall season average of 13.2 per contest. So with Michigan State doing the best it has all season in terms of taking care of the ball and playing for a Big Ten title on senior night, the Spartans should have little trouble with Illinois.

Michigan State 89, Illinois 70

The End is near
Feb 18th, 2018 by USMC Retired

Our foe on Sunday had 3 other games this week.  Whiskey  beat Minnie at home and then won @NW on Thursday before our CBS game @1300R Sunday



MSU at Minnesota game Thread—Can the Spartans make history in The Barn?
Feb 13th, 2018 by Kindle

Michigan State’s 24-3 record is tied with the 2000-01 team for the best in school history through 27 games. No MSU team has ever been 25-3.

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



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.

Six Games to Go in Regular Season: MSU Basketball 2018 By The Numbers
Feb 5th, 2018 by Jeffrey Lubeck

The 2018 Men’s B1G Basketball Regular Season has three weeks and six games remaining on the schedule for Michigan State.  We know that this MSU squad was a pre-season Final Four Favorite.  At 22-3 this squad is tied for the most victories after 25 games played (with the 2001 squad) in coach Tom Izzo’s history.  We also know this team is having to deal with huge expectations (private and public) and an investigation into sexual harassment, rape, and violence claims against previous MSU basketball players during Izzo’s tenure.

Ken Pomeroy ( is the highly regarded number cruncher and analyst of college basketball.  Pomeroy’s evaluations, rankings and predictions of team success is rather uncanny.  I am a subscriber, so I thought I would let you view the MSU numbers after 25 games for yourself – without comment.

For assistance a help page is [here].

What do you see or conclude from the numbers?

BTW says MSU is favored and projected to win in all of its remaining games.  Purdue is highly favored in all its remaining games, except for the contest at MSU (46.7% chance of winning).  Ohio State is favored and projected to win in all of its remaining games except for its contest at Purdue (10% chance of winning).





MSU at Indiana Game Thread–Can We Avoid Another Slow Start?
Feb 3rd, 2018 by Kindle

Michigan State has been following the “comeback” pattern the last couple of games at home. Early malaise and lack of energy has resulted in more turnovers — a problem all season for Michigan State — also poor shot selection has allowed opponents to build some confidence.

No. 4 Michigan State Spartans (21-3, 9-2 Big Ten) vs. Indiana Hoosiers (12-11, 5-6)

When: 8:20 p.m.

Where: Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Indiana.


Radio: WJR-AM (760). (Spartans’ radio affiliates)


We thought early January was rough for the Spartans but the outside noise and media storm of recent days has provided perspective.  Thus far, we have seen some resilience from the team in weathering the storm and early deficits.  Can the Spartans get to 21-3 with a road win at deafening Assembly Hall?  MSU is 3-1 on the road this season, having won two straight difficult games after losing at Ohio State on Jan. 7. The Hoosiers are 10-4 at Assembly Hall this season.

NorthForkRancher is not superstitious, nor does he believe in coincidence, so pay no attention to this bit of noise: ~~~~~ Three of four “Champions Classic” teams have lost to un-ranked teams today.No. 4 Duke < St. John’s , No. 7 Kansas < Ok State, No. 21 Kentucky < Missouri

No. 5 Michigan State is at Indiana tonight.  NFR says So what!!!

MSU looking to match best 25-game start in Izzo era

With a win tonight, Michigan State would move to 22-3 for just the second time in the history of the program.

After putting together a second second-half comeback in as many games to beat Penn State on Wednesday, MSU moved to 21-3 overall and 9-2 in the Big Ten. Now winners of five straight, the Spartans have showed some of the toughness and grit they lacked earlier this season in mounting a pair of comebacks, including one on the road at Maryland, and head coach Tom Izzo has been proud of his team and the way it’s fought through the adversity of the last week.

“This team’s resilient,” Izzo said Wednesday. “This team’s done a hell of a job staying focused. I mean, we’re 21-3. I don’t know what the best start in Michigan State history is, but we got to be closing in on it, and I give them a lot of credit.”

As a matter of fact, very few MSU teams have made it this far with a record similar to this team’s. With a win tonight at Indiana, the Spartans would match the best 25-game start in program history (22-3). The only other Michigan State team to reach that mark was the 2000-01 squad that won a fourth straight Big Ten title and advanced to a third straight Final Four a year after winning it all in 2000.

Dating back to Jud Heathcote’s second season (1977-78), Michigan State has gone 21-4 through its first 25 games five times. Three of those seasons came under Izzo, including back-to-back years in 2012-13 and 2013-14. On six other occasions under Izzo and twice under Heathcote, MSU went 20-5 to start the season. Of course, it’s worth noting that teams now play more regular season games than ever, as Heathcote’s early teams had 27 guaranteed games, while this year’s Spartans will play 31 games before starting the Big Ten Tournament. MSU didn’t regular play 25-plus games in a season until 1974-75.

Michigan State will look to avoid becoming the sixth team to go 21-4 and instead join the 2000-01 squad at that 22-3 mark with a win over Indiana, a team MSU beat 85-57 on Jan. 19 at Breslin Center. With seven games remaining, Michigan State will also hope to match that 2001 Final Four team by closing out the regular season on a winning streak, as the Spartans finished that year at 24-3 overall entering postseason play.

In doing so, Michigan State would have to win five road games, and the Spartans are feeling more confident away from home having pulled out wins over Illinois and Maryland in their last two road trips.

“This year, we’ve only lost one road game, and I think we’re doing a lot better on that,” junior guard Matt McQuaid said. “We’re just continuing to build off each win and go to work every day.”

Because of the two losses in a week at Ohio State and home against Michigan, the Spartans don’t control their own destiny when it comes to winning the Big Ten. Purdue is still undefeated in conference play while Ohio State has just one loss, and Michigan State only plays Purdue once (Feb. 10 in East Lansing) and doesn’t have another game against the Buckeyes.

Regardless, all the Spartans can do is try to keep winning as they pursue a potential No. 1 seed and their ultimate goal of cutting the nets down in April.

Scouting report:

The Spartans (21-3 overall, 9-2 Big Ten) will be taking on the Hoosiers for the second time this season, having already beaten IU 85-57 on Jan. 19 at Breslin Center. Indiana did get a combined 35 points from its starting backcourt, as Robert Johnson scored 21 points on 7-for-13 shooting and Josh Newkirk added 14 while going 5-for-17 from the field. Star forward Juwan Morgan scored only two points on 1-for-5 shooting in 16 minutes because of an ankle injury.

MSU has won five of the last six meetings with Indiana, but IU came away with an 82-75 win when the two teams played in Bloomingotn last year.

Ahead of tonight’s game, here’s a look at the Hoosiers.

GAME INFO: Michigan State at Indiana


Record: 12-11 overall, 5-6 Big Ten

Streak: L3

SOS: 56th

Record vs. RPI Top 25: 0-6

Best Win: vs. Notre Dame (80-77 on Dec. 16 in Indianapolis)

Worst Loss: vs. Fort Wayne (92-72 on Dec. 18)


Indiana scored 23-first half points and couldn’t overcome a 15-point halftime deficit in a 71-56 loss at Ohio State. The Hoosiers shot just 33.3 percent from the field in the first half while letting Ohio State go 17-for-27 (62.9 percent). Only two Hoosiers scored in double figures, led by reserve guard Devonte Green with 20. Juwan Morgan also scored 15 points in Indiana’s third straight loss.

TEAM STATS BREAKDOWN (National, Big Ten ranking)

Adjusted offense: 108.7 points per 100 possessions (99th, 11th)

Scoring offense: 72.1 ppg (231st, 11th)

Field goals: 45.6% (129th, 8th)

3-pointers: 30.5% (334th, 13th)

Free throws: 65.3% (329th, 13th)

Assists: 13.6 per game (190th, 12th)

Turnovers: 12.6 per game (102nd, 9th)

A/TO ratio: 1.13 (122nd, 9th)

Offensive rebounds: 12.3 per game (97th, 9th)

OR percentage: 29.9% (91st, 7th)

Adjusted defense: 100.9 points per 100 possessions (108th, 12th)

Scoring defense: 71.5 ppg (156th, 11th)

FG defense: 44.5% (215th, 11th)

3-point defense: 37.5% (311th, 14th)

Fouls: 17.9 per game (165th, 11th)

Blocks: 4.5 per game (51st, 9th)

Steals: 6.3 per game (183rd, 7th)

Forced turnovers: 13.61 per game (160th, 5th)

Defensive rebounds: 24.33 per game (253rd, 10th)

DR percentage: 74.1% (136th, 10th)

Rebounding margin: +1.3 (165th, 11th)

Rebounding percentage: 50.9% (134th, 13th)

STARTERS (Bold = Team Leader)

G: #2 Josh Newkirk (7.8 ppg, 39.3% FG, 33.8% 3FG, 77.8% FT, 2.3 rpg, 2.8 apg in 23.9 mpg)

G: #4 Robert Johnson (13.4 ppg, 42.7% FG, 33.6% 3FG, 75% FT, 4.6 rpg, 2.6 apg in 33.7 mpg)

G: #15 Zach McRoberts (3 ppg, 42.9% FG, 36% 3FG, 66.7% FT, 3.7 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.4 spg in 20.9 mpg)

F: #3 Justin Smith (5.3 ppg, 53.7% FG, 3-for-7 3FG, 68% FT, 2.9 rpg in 13.7 mpg)

F: #13 Juwan Morgan (16.3 ppg, 59.3% FG, 25.7% 3FG, 64.2% FT, 7.1 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.1 spg, 1.3 bpg in 28.4 mpg)


G: #11 Devonte Green (7.3 ppg, 33.7% FG, 30.1% 3FG, 72.5% FT, 1.9 rpg, 2 apg, 1 spg in 21.1 mpg)

G: #1 Aljami Durham (4.6 ppg, 38.5% FG, 23.1% 3FG, 65% FT, 1.9 rpg, 1.4 apg in 19.8 mpg)

F: #30 Collin Hartman (6 ppg, 42.3% FG, 28.3% 3FG, 64.3% FT, 3.6 rpg in 19.3 mpg)*

F: #21 Freddie McSwain Jr. (3.6 ppg, 44.6% FG, 0-for-1 3FG, 54.5% FT, 3.8 rpg in 12 mpg)

* = Game-time decision with a leg injury


Indiana bounced back from the loss to Michigan State last month with a win over Maryland, but the Hoosiers were then on the losing end of Illinois’ first Big Ten win of the year. They put up a fight at home agianst in-state rival Purdue before never really threatening in the second half against Ohio State. That is to say, Indiana is a team that’s struggling right now after a solid start to Big Ten play.

Morgan’s ankle injury hasn’t been a factor, as he scored 25, 28 and 24 points in the first three games after the Michigan State loss. However, backup forward Collin Hartman is now questionable after missing the last two games with a leg injury.

While Morgan is Indiana’s best player, he’s not as much of a matchup problem for Michigan State as he is for other teams. Instead, Robert Johnson is really the player to watch. Johnson has scored a combined 38 points in his last two games against the Spartans, and containing him will be a key.


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


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.”

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