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Can't figure out why we're not guarding.
You can't win big games on the road playing average, and we played average in the second half.
I've seen Keith Appling guard the world and yet today it was a struggle and we have to help him through it.
There is some complacency in this team since the Michigan game and that's disappointing.
Our defensive play in the second half was the difference.
Giving craft 16 open lanes without any sign of help is not a formula for success.
I would say the help D was pathetic, but that would insinuate there was any.
Still getting mixed up on switches. Our bigs seemed to give Appling no help hedging on the screens today.
Nix is not a rim defender, who can erase a mistake made out at the 3 point line.
We've all seen them play well enough to win it all and then they forget and play like they just don't get it. That's frustrating just to watch, but for Izzo, that's got to be eating him alive.
Once you've 'got it', how do you not bring 'that', every time?
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Hey that's not a Sunshine Blowing mentality Bender. Come on you can do better that that.
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Bender disagrees. Izzo's being a dick.
That happened in this game. The end of the first half and first few minutes of the second half were great. What happened to that passion and focus? Surely it wasn't because of Thad's time out.
I was shocked this happened given MSU was playing good defense earlier in the first half. Any way good game today!
Difficult to play out of your mind every game. They threw the kitchen sink at scUM and had nothing left. Hopefully another round of the piss and blue is just what this team needs.
That's being incredibly generous.
tRCMB - Visit at your own risk of being disgusted.
Yep, its really about Appling. He really looks bad out there. Craft was blowing past him at will.
Tom Izzo said his team got "fat and sassy" and says that Michigan State's complacency is a big concern.
This team's ability to focus is its great weakness. Why are we still not boxing out after what happened to us last week?
But Appling is absolutely killing us. I can understand being in an offensive slump, but why can't he stay in front of Craft?
Vim -- noun: robust energy and enthusiasm : VITALITY
He also blamed himself.
Anyone. Anyplace. Anytime.
Lack of leadership on the court.
Couldn't agree with Coach more. Maybe Mateen has to give another speech on what it means to play Michigan State basketball.
The moment is eternal
It's up to the players.
Cleaves is at practice twice a month. Peterson spent hours with Dawson during the alumni weekend. No speech anyone can give is going to solve the problems.
Appling and Dawson don't look hungry.
Blanch must have stopped telling Izzo what to do and how to coach. Only logical explanation.
I was joking. Of course the players have to step up.
That biggest issue is that vocal leader on the court. It was going to catch up to this team at some point. Izzo's best teams always had that vocal guy on the court who gets into his teammates. I still dont think a certain players comments after the michigan game helped and I think that this team bought into some of that.
At this point hopefully a week off is exactly what this team needs. Guys get a week of rest and maybe by the grace of god someone in that locker room finds a voice and takes this team over.
I think Appling has grown in this area, but it's tough for him to lead when he's playing like crap on both ends.
Play out of your mind? Just play decent and were sitting in first. This was disgusting. OSU is maybe a top 25 team........and we should beat them easily.
Apparently no one figured out that Craft can only drive to his right...
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