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An incredible game, yesterday. That was a two remote game--s**t was flying in the house yesterday, a true measure of greatness. Plus, the MSU crowd was INCREDIBLY noisy. That was the loudest I've heard a crowd all year. I can't wait to see it again.
Plays that stood out:
1)Payne's monster dunk. The dude is really coming into his own--a 5* starting to show it.
2)Wood single-handedly bringing us back from the brink. Erased a 7 point deficit.
3)Trice's rush down court for the loose ball, tripping Kraft, and getting the ball for a sweet assist. What hustle, and a fine trip. (edit: mistakenly had Wood in there, Wood made the layup).
4) AT calmly knocking down HUGE shots.
5) Green's three pointer. Just when you think his best option is to pass because he's cold, he nails the game winner.
6) Nix time and time again taking Sullinger to the rack. Nix/Payne are the nation's top inside tandem: size, strength, and moves.
7) Edit: Had to put this in. Payne is becoming a blocking machine. He should wear a sign, "Don't bring that shit down here!" I can't wait to see that dude after a summer of work.
After I watch it again, I'm sure more plays will stand out. What a great, great game that was seen across the nation because it was the only game in town at that point. The entire country got to see what's ahead from the MSU Spartans. Go eff'n GREEN!!!!!!
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Loose Stools 2 years ago
#3 was trice, he passed it to wood.
That Payne dunk- wow. When he first got the ball, I was thinking "man that is a tough angle, and he is in a crowd. this is prob going to result in a turn over"
That was Trice that rushed down the court beating Craft to loose ball and dishing to Wood to score.
Payne needs to do that every fuckin time!
"If you're worried about Wolverine fans, just move to Pasadena. You'll never have to deal with 'em."
Thanks. Trice is really coming on. I'll change it.
I really thought Appling did a good job running the offense. It wasn't a big statistical game for him and he didn't shoot the ball well, but he had ZERO turnovers and kept the break running. He's still just a sophomore learning the point. That coast to coast bucket in the first half was sweet.
Payne blocking those shots. BOOM
Pass from Green up high to Wood down low.
This post was edited by Hematoma 2 years ago
Its five o'clock somewhere.
Missouri/Kansas was a better game a couple of weeks ago. Doesn't mean ours wasn't great though.
3) That was Trice not Wood, he hustled with a hurt ankle went to the basket and dished it to Wood for the easy 2. That was a great hustle play
The vicious dunk by Payne was definitely a calling card for that game.
The whole game was a message sent to the rest of college basketball.
Eh, that game was super annoying though. Mizzou controlled the entire game, and then the refs decided they wanted the home team to win. So, they made a call to let Kansas force overtime, and then they made a call at the end of OT to allow Kansas to win.
Yup, corrected the Trice play, and I even remembered how they said he was a coach's son after the play. He is really making huge strides, and he'll be amazing in the next few years.
And, good one on Green pass to Wood. Was it Kellogg who thought he might have been passing it to Nix? Idiot. That was a laser right to Wood who was already jumping for a lay-in. Sweet play.
I know we're a 1 seed and everything is looking great right now but....
I can't help but wonder how good this team would be if Trice had never gotten hurt earlier and Dawson wasn't out right now. I think Trice might be one of our most underrated assets as he not only is a good shooter and reliable backup PG, but he takes a lot of pressure of Appling and allows Keith to play off the ball at times. Although, App didn't have a great day yesterday, I think he's a lot better having Trice there to pitch in some minutes at the 1.
And even though we just played 3 great games without BJ, it goes without saying that MSU is a better team with him on the floor. Oh well, can't play the 'what if' game now. It's gonna be fun ride regardless.
This team has been fun to watch. I hope they make a long run in the tournament.
Not to be a dick... but he needs to work on controlling himself when he is about to lay it up.....
I actually think Dawson being out might make the team more dangerous.
For one thing, Thornton has carved himself out a valuable niche, and with Dawson out, it has forced Izzo to use Wood. Wood has been more of a factor lately than Dawson ever was all season, and thats not to say he didnt play well at times. But what Wood did yesterday is something Dawson isnt currently capable of, taking over a game.
We are quicker, have better perimeter shooting, and still rebound better than 98% of the teams in the country.
Those perimeter shooters make the inside guys way more dangerous, Dawson had no outside game so less inside room to manuever because guys can sluff off him.
Dawson will have his day, and is missed, but the team is more versatile at this moment, and more offensive firepower.
We have less depth, but in the dance the key guys are gonna play a lot anyhow.
The only play that had me yelling in joy was just after we erased the 7 point deficit. Wood had a good look three that popped out. Kearney attacked the offensive glass and layed it back in. Best moment for me.
Not even Draymond's three?
What about the reverse-lay-up alley-oop from Day Day to Wood?
Shit, my house was LOUD yesterday and it was just me watching the game.
I came in to say this, except I was also yelling in joy after the Payne dunk and the Green pass to Wood...and Wood's threes...and Payne's blocks...
Such a great game. I think I might watch it again later tonight.
I agree. But I love the aggressiveness and I think he can learn to, as Clark Kellog said, "idle it down" when he's going in fast like that. Kid has jets.
Keith has to learn to play through contact at this level. Most of the layups he misses are ones on which he's bumped, but not necessarily fouled. Big difference. He'll get there. 0 turnovers against Hackmaster Craft is pretty impressive.
It was a fantastic game, with both teams throwing heavy punches. I came away more impressed with OSU than I have been in awhile. They played awfully well, we were just a couple possessions better. OSU isn't dead yet and may make some noise, though their draw is brutal. West Virginia in Pittsburgh ain't easy.
Anyone. Anyplace. Anytime.
I tend to yell more when I'm watching on TV. I know I'm not bothering peeps around me, and I can let it go. Plus, the family is used to it (mostly). Although, when Appling missed that layup, and I slammed the remote down and yelled, I think my son (18) got a little scared. I love going to games, but I'm almost more into it at home. I can get up and pace, yell more, throw s**t, and generally act more anti-social.
Plus, when I'm at the game, I'm not yelling, "show the game, not the freeeaaakkkiiiing crowd!!!" I spend far too much time yelling at the coverage showing the crowd, dudes running down court after a made shot, and the coaches on the bench. Sometime, I would love to ask a sports director, "why in the world do you think I, as a viewer, prefer to see a guy trotting down court when the ball is in play with MSU who tends to push it up court after a made basket?" Why do they think that makes compelling TV? I'm sorry, this is something that absolutely drives me apeshit crazy, especially in a tight, winner take all, game like yesterday.
This post was edited by Loose Stools 2 years ago
Nix had a move at the start of the game, maybe 4-5 minutes in. He went up, grabbed an offensive board and one-handed it in. Can't remember who shot the ball, it was right when I sat down at the bar.
It would be sweet if CBS Sports kept replays of their streams like ESPN does.
Here are some highlights from various sites:
(includes Trice pwning Craft but skips the Wood explosion)
(includes Wood's flurry)
(a few highlights, including a great stretch with each team scoring threes then Payne nutting on Thomas with that dunk)
This post was edited by Ted Brogan 2 years ago
I cannot believe the second play on the first link is not a foul on Kraft. That is ALWAYS called.
"BECAUSE HE'S ERIN KRAFT AND HE'S SOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOD AT DEFENSE AND HE NEVER FOULS AND HE JUST PLAYS HARD BECAUSE HE'S SO SCRAPPY AND GOOD AT DEFENSE."
That punk Craft gets away with more hacking than Anonymous and Lulzsec combined. His reputation undeservedly precedes him.
Can't he dunk? I was wondering we he didn't slam it in on that one.
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