MSU Over UConn
I must give credit where credit is due. First, to Raymar Morgan who played the type of game the Spartans needed to get by UConn. Morgan played a total of thirty minutes and had 18 points, 9 rebounds and five steals. He was able to contribute because he was aggressive, but managed to stay out of foul trouble.
Second, to Tom Izzo who did it again. I don’t think be people are going to over look or underestimate him any more. He always has his team prepared and playing their best basketball when the games count the most.
Michigan was aggressive on both ends of the court and UConn was not able to get many easy shots. The Huskies back court players shot 8-for-29 from the field and struggle to get any offensive going until the last minutes of the game.
Three key stats tat tell the whole story.
- Assist totals for the game. UConn: 8, MSU: 18.
- Steal totals for the game. UConn 5, MSU: 11.
- While UConn went to the foul-line 33 times (13 more times then MSU), they only managed to shot 63.6%
It seemed as though UConn had forgot that they had a massive height advantage on the post and was content to force one-on-one action that rarely lead to a made field goal.
Michigan State did not shot a great deal better, they did get most of their shots in half court sets or fast breaks. The latter seemed to be surprising for Jim Calhoun’s team, I guess the expected a half court grind-fest instead of a track meet.
Even with Goran Suton not playing a great game, it was the type of game the Spartans needed to play to win the game, tough defense, strong rebounding, and Raymar Morgan finally played with a purpose.
I forgot to mention that Kalin Lucas is the man.
Moment of Self Promotion: My predited score was off only with the MSU score, and by only 4 points. I was on target with UConn.