MSU falls at Indiana, but it’s clear Spartans are every bit at Hoosiers level

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — This much is clear: If Keith Appling plays down the stretch and a few whistles go the other way, Michigan State wins this game.

Tom Izzo said afterward Sunday afternoon’s 75-70 loss that he still believes Indiana is the best team in the Big Ten, because of its depth of talent.  I disagree.

MSU tired in this one, and that’s an issue, but part of that was not having Appling, who played only 19 foul-plagued minutes before fouling out.

The Spartan bigs, Derrick Nix and Adreian Payne, outplayed perceived NBA lottery pick, Cody Zeller. And Indiana’s Jordan Hulls and Will Sheehey are only effective against MSU’s subs.

This is a very good Indiana squad, with terrific quickness and several explosive athletes, especially Victor Oladipo and Yogi Ferrell. But MSU is right there.

Indiana needed a lot to go its way to win by five at home. It’s a win, but not one that lets the Hoosiers claim to be the better club.

The rematch Feb. 19 at Breslin should be interesting.

More here later.

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24 Responses to MSU falls at Indiana, but it’s clear Spartans are every bit at Hoosiers level

  1. avatar 79 Spartan says:

    I normally don’t comment too much about the reffing, but we got homered B1G time in this game. Geesh !

    Go Green !!!

  2. avatar Big Jon G says:

    Every call went IU’s way. Awful. Every time the ball went out of bounds somehow it went their way. Frustrating. But MSU had its chances. Whenever MSU would cut to 1 or 2 in the second half. IU got a bucket, made an open shot. But the game was played at a very high level and was really well played. It reminded me of the Big Ten Tourney final versus Ohio State last year.

  3. avatar John Fuzak says:

    Pretty tough to play 5 vs 8 down the stretch and win. Traveling call on Nix with at least 3 hacks from IU was unbelievable. MSU did not get one call in last 5 minutes.

    • avatar MSUDersh says:

      yup last foul against IU with 7:27 to go. No MSU FTs after 1:53 to go in first half. And of course, our starting PG & best player Appling barely able to play, due to foul trouble. Yet besides all that, it was only a 5 pt loss at IU.

      We could have stolen this game & it would have been huge, but I like our chances against them in EL, and against U-M this year. It pretty much looks like the B1G will be a three team race this season.

  4. avatar Jalen Rose says:

    Waaaa. Waaaa. Don’t think MooU homers every team that comes into Breslin? Izzo bitches more than I have ever seen a 5’3″ coach bitch. Tough to be little bro in both hoops and football, eh??

    • avatar dmbtierney says:

      Hey! He’s at least 5’8″. Besides, I’m glad UM won tonight and I hope they are #1 when they come into the Bres in a few weeks. Always fun to knock off the top team in the land.

    • avatar Phil says:

      As a college player he won more than you did Jalen. The fab 5 won absolutely NOTHING!

    • avatar MSU Owns Denard says:

      Go get another drink, but don’t drive this time ! Part of the biggest cheaters in NCAA history, and still didn’t win a thing ! Congrats !

    • avatar MSU Owns Denard says:

      waaa waaaa, loser Rose posts here cause he’s still banned on the mgoblow boards

  5. avatar jerseyjohn says:

    when they called the walk on nix..at that point izzo should have thrown a chair and taken a technical..he gets no respect from any refs in this rotten league..

  6. avatar db says:

    Agree – we got jobbed on this one. However, we had chances and couldn’t make them. Would be interesting to replay this game with fair officiating.

  7. avatar Randy says:

    No need to blame it on the refs. It was a well played game by both teams. I agree with Graham, Sparty is ready for anyone and should beat any B1G team at home especially Michnagan. This was a step up for Trice and Harris who held their own with Appling sitting most of the game on the bench. The B1G championship is realistic.

  8. avatar A very ProCouch poster says:

    Graham keep up the good work, anti couch is afraid to come on here because he knows what a good job you did today.

    • avatar A very anti Couch poster says:

      Let’s see Mrs. Couch (I’m assuming you share the same name as your son(?), please parse this part of his sentence from above,

      “Tom Izzo said afterward Sunday afternoon’s….”

      Now most people who get paid for typing should at least understand the idioms of the English language and not come across as an illegal alien.

      When you sit in a hotel room in at the site of the game, watch the game on TV, steal what others have written and claim it as your own (using a fans blog now, are we Cracker?); I would NOT say that classifies as “keeping up the good work”. Well, maybe for grammar school and we all know a mother’s love has no bounds.

  9. avatar SteveL says:

    This was a good effort in a hostile environment. I think it showed that this team is coming together as long as they continue to improve “playing smart.” I think it shows a lot of positives going forward.

  10. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Graham I saw where you used my house money post in your coloumn today

    IMHO this team is a sweet 16 team right now. But it has final four potential and Tom Izzo has six weeks to complete the process. I am far less qualified than you folks but I see 3 things as crucial for this team to be a final four team.

    Keith Appling has to win games consistently in the clutch the way Kalin Lucas did, he has to win games like Sundays game in the tourney at crunch time.

    2. Gary Harris needs to hit AJGranger three daggers consistently, we cant rely on Payne to do so every big game.

    3. Lock down defense particularly on the help side needs to occur.

    I think the chances are 50-50 that this improvement will occur, I like those odds. I just wont criticize the team if it stays at the present level but I hope for more.

    • avatar A very anti Couch poster says:

      So Cheese-it plagiarizes again! Does Gannett really pay for his trips to away games to sit in a hotel room and plagiarize his stories?

  11. avatar A very anti Couch poster says:

    Well the liberal press from San Jose have struck again, Coaches have 1 lose KU (the 1 loss, of course, to the Spartans) as #1, while all those who have NEVER been in the arena have Paris Hilton.

    • avatar a very Pro Couch Poster says:

      I don’t know about that Michigan looks like the best team in the nation to me right now and I think deep down you agree with me on that.

      • avatar A very anti Couch poster says:

        Makes sense that you’d agree with the liberal paparazzi, I don’t ever believe in anyone who is famous for being famous. (incidentally, MSU v Paris Hilton in NCAA Tourney Games in the past 20 years: Michigan State 52; scUM 10. So, as the story goes Mom, it’s why we play the games.

      • avatar MSU Owns Denard says:

        if you think that, you don’t know basketball, which is pretty obvious

  12. avatar basketball fam says:

    we have to quit thinking about michigan and worry about the rest of the teams.remember…we have four losses and none of them are from the u of m……….i get the feeling that if we lost every game and beat michigan most would be happy………are we jealous?

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