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Spartans dominant in win over Michigan

Tom Izzo felt his Michigan State squad put together its best performance in three years.

And their play forced Michigan to suffer through one of its worst performances in sometime.

That all led to the No. 8 Spartans posting a dominant 75-52 victory over the No. 4 Wolverines in the first meeting between the schools as top 10 teams.

“Keep it in perspective that we probably played our best game in three years and they probably played one of their worst,” Izzo said. “They missed shots and things just didn’t fall for them.

“It was like a perfect storm. We played about as well as we can play and they did not play as well. They are a much better team and I’m not sure we are as good as we played but I’ll take it.”

MSU had plenty of success on the defensive end, limiting Michigan’s Tim Hardaway Jr. and Glenn Robinson III to a combined four points. U-M committed a season-high 16 turnovers and shot just 39.6 percent.

“They were very good,” Michigan coach John Beilein said of the Spartans. “We couldn’t get anywhere we wanted to get to. When we did have open looks, we didn’t make them. I said that before the game that we had to do that.”

The Spartans also limited their turnovers (just eight) and made seven 3-pointers behind Gary Harris, who was 5-of-9 from behind  the arc.

The rematch is at 4 p.m. March 3 at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor. If MSU keeps playing like it has the past two games, it could be close to wrapping up a Big Ten title at that point.

Big tests still remain for MSU, starting with next Tuesday’s showdown with Indiana. There also is a trip to Ohio State looming. But tonight’s outcome indicates that the ceiling is very high for MSU.

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17 Responses to Spartans dominant in win over Michigan

  1. avatar TommySizzle says:

    A game do not define the whole season. It’s a only the beginning of a long stretch coming. However, will cherish tonight’s win and looking forward to the next game. Game on.

  2. avatar mysondave says:

    Haven’t seen that kind of swarming defense (Izzo defense) in quite some time. What a pleasure watching this team develope into an awesome machine. Who would really want to play us right now. Keep it up men, your dreams are the ceiling. Go Green.

  3. avatar MSU Owns Denard says:

    Where’s Marky Mark? Oh yeah, Paris lost, he’s hiding

    • avatar Spartan 81 says:

      The Marine chased him away Denard, the Marine has defeated all foes

      We now have the Pax USMC era.

      • avatar MSU Owns Denard says:

        he’s been showing up on past threads, what a chicken

        • avatar Spartan 81 says:

          WeON wears his Fab Five Final Four wound like a crown
          He calls his child Brandon
          ‘Cause he likes the name
          And he sends him to the finest school in town

          WEON, WEON likes his money
          He makes a lot they say
          Spend his days counting
          In the BTN studio converted warehouse by the Dan Ryan motorway

          He was born a pauper to a pawn on a 600 thousand dollar signing day
          When the Dept of Justice said Ed Martin is dead
          And the recruiting war’s begun
          Big Dog has a son playing for SCUM today

          And he shall be WEON
          And he shall be a good market for Walmart fans
          And ESPN shall be promoting WEON
          In tradition with the merchandise branding plan
          And he shall be WEON
          And he shall be a big seller with Walmart Fans
          Walmart shall sell WEON

          Brandon sells cartoon balloons in Free Press town
          His family business thrives
          Drew Sharp throws up the tide has turned trial balloons all day
          Sits on the porch swing watching them fly

          And Drew Sharp, he wants to go to Bristol Conn.
          Leaving Weon far behind
          Take off trial balloon and go sailing
          While Weon Weon slowly dies

          And he shall be WEON
          And he shall be a good market for Walmart fans
          And ESPN shall be promoting WEON
          In tradition with the merchandise branding plan
          And he shall be WEON
          And he shall be a big seller with Walmart Fans
          Walmart shall sell WEON

  4. avatar Fred Jones says:

    Izzo is wrong — making FTs would have made this a better performance. MSU has plenty of room for improvement.

  5. avatar Spartydoobydoo says:

    Fantastic inside/outside game played by the Spartans….they were running on ALL cylinders last night!! Keep up that intensity and good things will happen come tourney time!!

    As far as Izzo’s comments about us playing the best in 3 years and them playing the worst, us playing better than we probably are, etc….. I’d say that is the definition of “Coach Speak.” The weasel’s horribly easy preseason schedule is catching up to them!!

    Go Green!!

  6. avatar Ghost of Biggie says:

    Chuck from St. John’s, if you are out their watching this. The Usual Suspects have a message for you.

    Ghost of Biggie
    February 13, 2013 at 11:48 am · Reply
    In memory of one who should be one of us.

    And here’s to you, Chuck from St. John’s
    TUS loves you more than you will know (Wo, wo, wo)
    God bless you please Chuck from St. Johns
    Heaven holds a place for those who blog
    (Hey, hey, hey…hey, hey, hey)

    We’d like to know a little bit about you for our files
    We’d like to help you learn to help yourself
    Look around you, all you see are sympathetic eyes
    Stroll around the blog until you feel at home

    And here’s to you, Chuck from St. John’s
    TUS loves you more than you will know (Wo, wo, wo)
    God bless you please, Chuck from St. John’s
    Heaven holds a place for those who blog
    (Hey, hey, hey…hey, hey, hey)

    Hide it in a hidden URL where no one ever goes
    Put it in your browser with your favorites
    It’s a little secret, just the TUS’ affair
    Most of all, you’ve got to hide it from the Couch
    Coo, coo, ca-choo, Chuck from St. John’s
    TUS loves you more than you will know (Wo, wo, wo)
    God bless you please, Chuck from St. John’s
    Heaven holds a place for those who blog
    (Hey, hey, hey…hey, hey, hey)

    Sitting in a restaurant on a Tuesday evening
    Going to the Spartans big debate
    Laugh about it, shout about it
    When you’ve got to choose
    Ev’ry way you look at it, Gulos lose

    Where have you gone, Chuck from St. John’s
    Spartan Nation turns it’s lonely eyes to you (Woo, woo, woo)
    What’s that you say, Usual Suspects
    Joltin’ Chuck has left and gone away
    (Hey, hey, hey…hey, hey, hey)

    • avatar Tru Ghost of Bo says:

      Fellow Ghost,
      I have it on good authority that Chuck is alive, well, kicking a_s, and taking names. There has been some unusual problems acquiring the suspects. Whether it is from his end or somewhere in between, TUS doesn’t seem to want him to log on….. He Will keep trying……………
      He Thanks you for your inquiry. I guess you could say Inquiring Minds wanted to know ☺ ☺ ☺

      • avatar Spartan 81 says:

        “If a moderator has a hundred posters and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others on the TUS thread and go out to search for the Chuck from St. Johns that is lost? 13 And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he will rejoice over Chuck from St. Johns more than over the ninety-nine bloggers that didn’t wander away! 14 In the same way, it is not Jeff Lubecks will that even one of these Chuck from St. Johns should perish.

  7. avatar Superstate says:

    Anyone know the status on Branden Dawson’s injury?

  8. avatar WildSpartanFan says:

    Nothing shuts up a “power shift” rumor than a good old fashion beat down.

    GO GREEN !

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