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Payne and Kearney have 3. Harris and Valentine 2. Texas has shot 15 free throws, MSU 7. MSU has 12 fouls to Texas' 7. Dawson has a matchup that he has not taken advantage of. Valentine needs to stay out of foul trouble. He is needed to create shots for people because Keith is not good at it. With Payne having 3 fouls, Gauna and Costello will need to step up in second half.
Byrd is terrible right now. I hope he gets it together eventually but right now, he is an absolute waste out there. He's not doing anything positive, he can't shoot, isn't a good passer, isn't a good rebounder and if he's guarding someone the other team just goes there be default because they know they will either get the bucket, a foul or both.
The first time MSU basketball aired in France the French surrendered to Tom Izzo just to be safe.
Izzo is a great coach but it truly is mind boggling that he can't clean this up.
"RCMB: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainry." - some dude from MgoBlog
Maybe Izzo should just say something and just get the technical over with. Maybe once Eades get to call the technical the calls will even up.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Spartan_in_PA 16 months ago
Put Payne in at the 11 minute mark and ride it out.
Keeping the sunshiners in check since 2000.
From here at the Breslin it feels like we are playing better but they are getting all the calls. White ref hates us.
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The 0 on his jersey is for him being a zero-dimensional player.
hoke- to alter or manipulate so as to give a deceptively or superficially improved quality or value.
I don't understand how an elite program like state gets the shaft from the refs but an elite program like duke gets all the calls.
I swear we are now the Michigan State Wolverines. When is the last time we lost a game that wasn't the refs' fault?
Don't know about the rest of you, but I absolutely hate the fact that Izzo pretty much has to play Appling at the point. He isn't a distributor, isn't really a floor leader, isn't making others on the floor better, and it has adversely affected his own offense. He used to be a solid outside threat like Harris...not anymore. MSU NEEDS a true point guard, better ballhandling, and perimeter shooting. Sum definitely not equal to the parts so far.
"I love March!" - Tom Izzo
Yet MSU was winning. The ball movement is better when he is in and he doesn't get lost defensively nearly as much as the other wings.
We are committing fouls no doubt. Problem is so is Texas and they are letting it go. What is so hard about calling the same thing regardless of the color of the jersey? Either call it or don't.
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Jesus, do we have to have this fuking discussion every game. The team can play bad and the refs can suck ...Both can happen.
How do you miss every three point shot at home? Jesus. We will hit them this half.
Two words - War Drill. The Spartans have a rep of being an aggressive team.
This post was edited by Spartan_in_PA 16 months ago
So he's playing like everyone else on our team (except for Nix).
In fairness it's not all on the refs. We are 0-8 from 3. they are 3-6. Also our silly turnovers keep other teams in the game.
Thing is, they aren't even being that aggressive on offense. Just chucking the ball back and forth.
Missed almost all the first half. Tuned to to see 3 bullshit fouls on the Spartans within seconds. I guess that is the story to this game.
Optimism or sarcasm? I'm leaning with the latter.
Duke doesn't foul. Duke doesn't turn the ball over. Duke hits the three.
Couple were COMPLETELY wide open too.
Let's see if this is a second half team or a team at all. Atleast Nix brought his game today, I'm hoping we are witnessing his big senior year coming out party and he doesn't fizzle in the second half.
I hope so. I cringe every time we shoot a three.
except everyone else will occasionally show up. Byrd hasn't done anything all season except for a few garbage buckets.
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