Tuesday, January 22, 2013
MSU defense making the Spartans a true contender
As I have watched
basketball season, I have been strong in my feelings that the Spartans aren’t a
legit contender to win the Big Ten title. Michigan
When you watch their games, you just don’t see that “it” factor. I can’t say I can recall too many times where I have said out loud “that is some good basketball” when watching MSU.
However, the Spartans still find themselves 17-3 overall and 6-1 in the Big Ten.
may even be a
top-10 team in the nation by the end of the week. Michigan
So, how are they doing it?
While the offense hasn’t always been stellar, the defense has been for the most part.
The defense has made up for the lack of offensive fire power and allows
to essentially be
in the hunt to win every game it has played. Michigan
Outside of the loss to
Minnesota, the Spartans have had a chance to
win every game this season. They lost by eight to Miami
(Wednesday night will tell us just how good the Hurricanes can be), and the
loss to Connecticut
to open the season was by just four points and could have easily been a win.
Along with giving
its lone loss, held the Jayhawks
to just 64 points, its third-lowest scoring total of the season. Michigan
On Tuesday night,
State out-Wisconsined Wisconsin.
The Spartans held the Badgers to a season-low in points in order to pick up a
49-47 victory, just the second win for MSU at Wisconsin in the Bo Ryan-era.
Since Big Ten play, the Spartans have held three opponents to their lowest or second-lowest total of the season (
). MSU also held Purdue to its fourth-lowest
point total of the season and lowest total in Big Ten play. Ohio State, Iowa
Assuming the defensive effort will continue, if Michigan State can find its offense, the Spartans can be a very dangerous team in the Big Ten and nationally.
The Spartans’ biggest test comes on Sunday with a trip to
Indiana. The Hoosiers
struggled against the defense Wisconsin
brought to the table, and has better athletes
than the Badgers. Michigan