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This team is fun to watch, about half the time. The other half they are incredibly frustrating.
I must be crazy to be in a loony bin like this.
I'll write it off to everybody executing poorly vs. Wisconsin. Especially at Wisconsin.
This is the most accurate desricption in the thread.
I like this team a lot, but 2009 and last year blow it out of the water IMO.
2009 was amazing. Won the conference by four games and any given night a different guy could go off (Lucas, Morgan, Summers, Suton) Walton remains my favorite Spartan of all time, and his performance against USC in the tournament proved that the guy wasn't just one dimensional. His game against Louisville though is just legendary. How often does a guy who is 6'1 shut down a 6'8 beast like Williams? That team had such a drive to it to make it to the final four it was great to see them get there.
Last year was a team that had no business doing as well as it did, and I will always think that if Dawson doesnt go down it would have made the final four. It was pretty awesome watching Green just take games over. Watching Appling grow into a legit big ten point guard, and seeing such a high team chemistry was great especially coming off the abortion that was 2010-11.
Nope. Kalin definitely tore it up, but you have to remember what these players were doing that year.
This was Raymar's walking pneumonia season.
This was the season Suton started shooting three's that was a lot of fun.
This was the season where Chris Allen either broke his jumpshot, or regressed back towards his actual talent level. It's not fun when your 3-point specialist is shooting 36% overall, and 31% from three. I know everyone will say BYRD!, but Byrd is still coming off injury, and isn't playing 25 minutes a game.
This was the season where Summers dunked on Robinson, but let's be honest, his next season was a lot more fun.
Lucious barely played in this season, and when he did it was ugly.
Draymond was still fat. He wasn't fun to watch.
Delvon, well I guess he played the same all 3 seasons.
Quise's minutes disappeared to nothing.
Walton was never exciting and regressed in his senior year.
The following season 09-10 was more exciting. 08-09 was just Lucas and Suton, with occasionally a role player playing a big game. In 09-10 Draymond started to show flashes of what he would be, and all the other main players peaked. Sure Dahlman and Thornton didn't have their best seasons, and Sherman/Nix played like crap, but everyone else was at the top of their games.
As far as this season, this season is fun. Dawson, Appling, Harris are fun players to watch. Payne, this year when he gets going, is one of the most fun guys to watch in the country. Valentine when he passes well, that's worth the price of admission. The only non-fun things are when Gauna/Costello/Byrd commit moving screens, give the ball away, or toss up airballs.
Hard to top 2009 in the last 10 yrs criteria from my perspective. That team was a great combo of talent and effort and the crushed the league that season. The only teams I did not enjoy were the 2011 team and the 2006 team because the Seniors had cashed it in and the effort just wasn't there.
To me last year was tops but only because I loved Draymond and wanted him to have all the success a college bball player can have. It was also a team that showed tremendous improvement over the course of the year and that was cool to see as well.
Also my freshman year was the first year I'd ever really watched MSU bball and I loved that team-- 2004-2005. I still think that team would beat any FF team we've had since.
The head of the nail was hit upon !
Offensive sets are brutal, too many turnovers, and I feel our defense is as porous as I can ever remember. OSU and Wiskey are both bad offensively. Check out Wisc shooting % and Check OSU scoring contribution ( other than # 1 for them)
I would vote 2009 as well. We were clearly the class of the league and very explosive. Really fun to watch our fast break that year.
The 08-09 squad was the most fun to watch outside of a Cleaves Flintstone squad.
Last year was a lot of fun. The 09-10 squad and Anderson's final four run were too. The Neitzel overachieving squad was fun to watch.
This team is not really all that fun to watch. Too often they play down to competition, they can be very sloppy with the ball and sometime's they fall completely asleep on D. I'm really not sure how this team is 6-1 in conference with three road wins so far in conference.
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Call me crazy, but I loved the 06-07 team the most, because Neitzel was just so much fun to watch. Additionally the 08-09 and 09-10 teams were tremendous. This is a great one though.
This. I have no idea how they're winning games with the way they've played, but I'll take the W's, as long as they keep improving like they are.
I'll agree with 2008-2009. They had one of the most impressive pre-tourney resumes of any non number 1 seed I've ever seen. They did have 3 bad losses (PSU, NU, and Maryland) but they had an uncanny ability to beat almost anyone in a close game. The stretch in Indy where they beat Kansas and throttled Louisville (the overall number 1 seed) was just legendary. They also had the most ways they could beat someone between Walton's lockdown defense, Suton's tenacity, and Lucas's clutch gene that year.
Wisconsin has a pretty good defense. They held us to our worst FG% since the UCONN game, and they only scored 6 points in the last 8 minutes. I wouldn't read too much into that.
The 2009 year was great. That Tournament run was fantastic.
They kicked Louisville's ass, then smoked Conneticut. I can distinctly recall the Conneticut game - watching in a sports bar with a bunch of loud, smug Connecticut fans nearby. Loved, loved, loved that game.
As a side note, say what you want about Durrell Summers - but he played lights-out in that Tourney.
If we were on the losing end of a few of these close games, this thread would be titled "Least Fun MSU Team to Watch in Long Time" and it would have zilly upvotes.
I missed the first half of the Wisconsin game, and for my blood pressure's sake I may need to make that a habit.
06-07 was cool because of how low expectations were, but I wouldn't say they were even close to being the most fun to watch. I'd go:
Tiebreaker for 04-05 and 11-12 is the former's tourney run. That weekend we knocked off Duke and then Kentucky remains very high on the list of my favorite sports memories.
In think its still a bit early to ask this question. This year's team is getting better slowly, game by game, week by week. Sometimes, the improvements have been imperceptible. Sometimes, in the case of Dawson, they are obvious. Its still hard to say where they will end up--either in first place or not. Its the toughest the BT has been in years, and every game is a dog fight. Good teams will come in second this year. By the end of the year, when MSU is hopefully cutting down a slew of nets, we might be putting this bunch up with the best.
Its five o'clock somewhere.
The 08-09 team gets another vote from me.
Being a student during that team's run was just awesome. Everyone on campus was confident we would make the final 4. The championship game was a heartbreaker, but that team was special. it's too bad that things didn't work out well for the remaining ones after the whole Summers/Allen debacle, and KLIF injury.
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