I'm an expatriate Spartan living in Canton, Ohio. I grew up in East Lansing (my father has taught at MSU since 1966) and graduated from Michigan State in 1987. But I've followed Spartan football, and especially basketball, for as long as I can remember. I've still got my 1979 National Championship t-shirt around somewhere. I really appreciate the chance that The Only Colors and SBNation give me to stay connected with Spartan sports while living in Buckeye country.
A look at the returning and arriving Spartan hoops team continues. This time Adreian Payne is under the microscope.
Do teams that underachieve expectations during the regular season tend to overperform their seeds in the tournament? Here, the evidence is more mixed. . . This year’s set of underachieving schools — like Gonzaga, Butler, Kansas State and particularly Michigan State — need to be taken on a case-by-case basis, but they are plausible picks to pull off a surprise or two.Nate Silver in the NY Times looks at preseason expectatons as a predictor of tournament success. Since MSU has been beat up all year over their preseason ranking, at least this offers a slightly different take on it. BTW, it appears that MSU, especially in the Izzo era, has a noble tradition of regular-season underachievement (or at least pre-season over-ranking).
Michigan State closes out the home careers of Kalin Lucas, Durrell Summers and Mike Kebler against the Iowa Hawkeyes.
It wasn't pretty, but a win is a win. Michigan State improves its resume with a road win at Minnesota.
Consider an opposing team's options once the ball is fed inside [to Sullinger]: 1) Double-down off of Diebler, who (according to Synergy scouting data) scores at a 1.53 points-per-possession clip in unguarded catch-and-shoot situations. 2) Double-down off of Lighty, who scores 1.26 PPP in unguarded catch-and-shoot situations. 3) Run Lauderdale's man across the lane to seal off Sullinger's left shoulder ... leaving Lauderdale, a 1.70 PPP scorer at point-blank range, wide open. 4) Cover Sullinger one-on-one in the post, where he scores 1.12 PPP. Unless your defense can recover in time not to leave Sullinger's teammates open after a double-team, the most efficient choice might just be to single-cover him in the post. When that's your best available option, you're not in great shape...Luke Winn | COLLEGE BASKETBALL POWER RANKINGS The most current (but pre-OSU/Wisc.) set of Winn's power rankings. He examines the difficulties presented by having to guard Jared Sullinger.
. . .the poor play has nothing to do with Lucious, and unless Tom Izzo has lost his team, the Spartans will surely play better - and probably much better relative to their last three efforts - the rest of the way.How much is Korie Lucious worth? Ken Pomeroy weighs in on the Spartans. The key clause in that quote, of course, is the one that begins 'unless'.
The question shouldn't be if MSU sucks, it should be if it sucks less than everyone else on the bubble. The Spartans aren't playing up to their usual standards, they're not winning the NCAA title, and the Final Four seems like a pipe dream. This was the team ranked No. 2 in the preseason polls? But Michigan State has hardly hit bottom.A little perspective, please - Michigan State hasn't hit 'rock bottom'. From Mike Miller at NBC. The "spoiled fanbase" meme is implied, rather than stated.
MSU holds serve at home against Minnesota. After a poor-shooting first half Michigan State subdues the Gophers.
Michigan State assistant Don Treadwell has been hired as the head coach at Miami (Ohio), replacing Mike Haywood. Treadwell has been Michigan State's offensive coordinator and receivers coach for the last four years. He was chosen on Friday to take over for Haywood, who left for Pittsburgh after two seasons in Oxford.ESPN with the story. HT: McGarnagle