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Funny that Costello 10 second substitution may have cost MSU 3 points.
He didnt rotate over on the shooter and slid down to box his man out with no time left on the clock. Of course the player WITH the ball nails a three. Amazing how that works.
P.S. trice really led MSUs offense in the half court brilliantly.
Indiana had no answers for him. He was reading the defense and making all of the great plays.
I love appling but I think unless the opposing team is playing man defense he really struggles running the point.
He is quick enough to get to the rim and drive with the pick and roll against man but he doesn't know how to break down a zone very well and isn't a great passer yet.
If trice would have ran the point the whole game MSUs wins.
Bit of a trial by fire for Trice today, but he did have some nice moments along with the defensive struggles.
Hopefully it pays off down the road for the entire team.
Anyone. Anyplace. Anytime.
Trice was able to be on the floor and do things offensively. He was able to offset some of his turnovers. Appling not so much. MSU had 18 turnovers. Trice had 5, Appling 4, Dawson and Payne both had 3. Gary Harris had zero turnovers. That is phenomenal for all the pressure he was under today.
Plus the time he held possession before the TO. A coaches kid should know that.
QFT, I must have watched a different game because I thought Trice was the difference in the game for State, and not because of how well he played. yes, he showed a lot of heart playing through mistakes and playing beyond his usual role, but he struggled on offense against pressure D and his defense was just plain awful. what good is a nice alley-oop pass on offense if you consistently give up wide open 3's off ball screens on defense?
the good news is that Oladipo is a freakishly quick athlete and is a tough matchup for most players, so the game yesterday should serve Trice well the rest of the season. and Izzo needs him desperately, it is clear he is struggling to find an 8th player for what is already a short rotation.
I think we should take some of these people, and send 'em up to Bear Mountain for a picnic.
Being the son of his high school coach and Point Guard of the team helped Trice get a schollie,
Funny that it wasn't Costello's job on that. MSU switches on perimeter players, not perimeter to bigs. It was a double screen at top of key. Valentine needs to do a better job of working over the screens. Costello was correct in picking up the rolling Zeller after hedging on ball screen. MSU philosophy in that instance is take away the sure thing (roll to basket for layup) and allow jumper.
Travis is going to surprise a lot of folks before he is done at MSU.
I've been a big fan of T2 since his first game. I see a player who will only get better and better. By the time he is a senior, I think, he will be a captain on the team. He was more vocal, as a freshman, than even some of our past upperclassmen. I like his confidence and basketball IQ.
If you can do a half-assed job of anything, you're a one-eyed man in a kingdom of the blind.
- Kurt Vonnegut
After Marcus Taylor screwed the program and left us without a competent ballhandler for two years, Izzo vowed to never again be shorthanded at the point. Trice's schollie is directly attributable to that, and thankfully so. Great kid who will become a great leader and big time contributor before it's all said and done.
We sure missed Appling at the end though.
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