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MSU at Iowa halftime musings: Given that first half, MSU lucky to be down 28-24

IOWA CITY — Iowa is without its best player, Roy Devyn Marble (ankle sprain) but still feeding off the energy of a fairly raucous (though not full) Carver Hawkeye Arena and outplaying Michigan State.

The Spartans are lucky this is 28-24. They’ve done enough — especially Branden Dawson (7 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block) and Adreian Payne (4 points, four rebounds) — to be in this game.

They’ve also had a few subpar performances (Travis Trice, Russell Byrd, Denzel Valentine) and, early on, let Iowa get way too comfortable offensively.

This is a defining second half here. MSU needs this one.

As for the Valentine vs. Anthony Clemmons comparison, statistically the former Sexton backcourt mates are about even. Valentine has four points, three rebounds, though three turnovers. For Iowa, Clemmons is scoreless, but has five assists, two turnovers, a block and a steal.

More after the game.

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2 Responses to MSU at Iowa halftime musings: Given that first half, MSU lucky to be down 28-24

  1. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Before the game I made this prediction

    Spartan 81 says:
    January 11, 2013 at 12:10 am
    MSU 67
    Iowa 62

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    I was off by a bucket but knew we would start out rough and pull it out with a slap the floor stand. Most road games will start our rough like this one. But mark my words this team will extend the NCAA streak to 16. 10-8 gets us in and this team should exceed that mark by a game or two, 12-6 , 23-9 and a 6 seed sounds about right.

  2. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Clean shirt, new shoes
    and he don’t know which coed to choose.
    Silk suit, black tie,
    Iowa girls don’t need a reason why.
    They come runnin’ just as fast as they can
    coz every Hawkeye girl crazy ’bout a sharp dressed Graham

    Gold watch, diamond ring,
    He ain’t missin’ a single thing.
    And cufflinks, stick pin,
    when he steps out of Carver he gonna do you in.
    They come runnin’ just as fast as they can
    coz every Hawkeye girl crazy ’bout a sharp dressed Graham

    Top coat, top hat,
    He don’t worry coz Gannets expense account is fat.
    Black shades, white gloves,
    lookin’ sharp and lookin’ for some ESPN love
    They come runnin’ just as fast as they can
    coz every Iowa girl crazy ’bout a sharp dressed Graham..

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