MSU’s trek to maturity includes a business-like road whipping of Purdue (with video)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — This could have been dangerous.

Instead, Michigan State made it look easy.

The Spartans were dialed it from the opening tip, hobbled as they were, and overwhelmed Purdue, 78-65, Saturday night.

MSU is a better team than Purdue, but with its starting backcourt in pain — Keith Appling wincing when anyone tugged on his right arm; Gary Harris still less than 100 percent with a bad back — and a looming showdown with Michigan, this could have been a trap.

But a trap game implies a lack of focus. And MSU, in that category, was terrific.

When Branden Dawson plays like this (20 points, 7-for-9 shooting) the Spartans have a chance to beat anyone.

Derrick Nix and Appling were terrific. Adreian Payne was effective, as well. Mostly, unlike a couple games ago against Illinois, MSU treated this game like pros.

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12 Responses to MSU’s trek to maturity includes a business-like road whipping of Purdue (with video)

  1. avatar 79 Spartan says:

    Pretty efficient use of the players tonight, too, Graham.
    A well planned and executed game from the coach on down.
    Even though Eddie Hightower and the refs called a ton of fouls with free throw attempts nearing 60, we shot a high percentage from the charity stripe.
    A tough outing from the Boiler’s DJ Byrd didn’t hurt us any either.
    After the Wolvies loss today, our win at Wiscy is looking B1G right now, but will be meaningless if we don’t take care of business at the Bres this Tuesday against the AAs from Ann Arbor.

    Go Green !!!

    • avatar Spartan 81 says:

      Tough players don’t categorize opponents and games.
      They know that if they are playing, it is important. Tough players understand that if they want to play in championship games, they must treat every game as a championship game.

  2. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Current Score

    TUS 254
    Spartan Shadows 8
    Graham Couch 1

  3. avatar Jeffrey Lubeck says:


    Very good points. Frankly you do not need to add more as I think you hit the nail square on the head.

    Also, I am glad you used “pro’s” instead of “NBA players”, because the two rarely if ever connote the same meaning.

  4. avatar A very anti Couch poster says:

    Doing the video with all your friends I see, nice.

  5. avatar jerseyjohn says:

    one of the problems with this blog is that there will be no postings for days..and then several postings in one day..hard to keep interest.

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