SPOKANE, Wash. — The roles played by Kenny Kaminski and Matt Costello were still important in Saturday’s 80-73 NCAA tournament win over Harvard, but Michigan State’s season of depth is turning into a tournament of mostly six guys.
Of MSU’s 200 minutes, all but 23 were played by the starters and Travis Trice.
Kaminski played nine minutes, hit two important first-half 3s, as MSU built its lead and set the tone. Costello was solid in seven minutes — three points, two rebounds, a block and a steal.
The matchup didn’t favor either them — especially Costello. Harvard has small but quick bigs. He’ll play more probably against bigger rosters.
But Tom Izzo, its clear, is going to ride his horses, win or lose with his guns, these rare pieces he so looked forward to coaching at the beginning of this season.
And because it’s a versatile top six, barring foul trouble, he only has to turn to the depth MSU spent a season developing and living on out of necessity when that role is needed. Kaminski, for his shooting, and Costello ability to competently spell Payne, are likely to be on the floor for stretches next week, and perhaps the week after.
That could be about it.