Pregame Glance:MSU Spartans Part II

Written March 3rd, 2012 by WVaBuckeye
The 11th ranked Buckeyes (23-6, 11-5) travel to East Lansing to take on the 5th ranked Spartans (24-6, 13-4).When the Buckeyes hosted Sparty on February 11th they were sporting the second longest home winning streak at 39. That went to the wayside as B1G POY contender Draymond Green and his partner in crime Adreian Payne effectively stopped it cold. Let’s take a good look at the Spartans, their program and this match-up.

The Izzone is brutal

School: Michigan State University
Location: East Lansing,Michigan
Founded: 1855 – The FIRST agricultural College in theU.S.  Originally called the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan
Student Population: 47,800 8th largest university in the country
School Type: Public
Division: NCAA
Conference: Big Ten
Stadium: Breslin Center
Seating: 14,759
Built: 1989
Head Coach: Tom Izzo –Northern Michigan1977
Experience & Accomplishments 17th Year – 407 wins and 167 losses .4 National COY awards, 6 Final Fours, 14 straight NCAA’s, 6 B1G Champs, 1 National Championship in 2000, More Final Four appearances than Williams and Krzyzewski since 1996(6-5-4 respectively)  Graduates a staggering 81% of players that complete eligibility.
Program History First season was 1898-99 and MSU’s all-time record is 1,507-1.022 with 25 NCAA appearances, 8 Final Four appearances, All-time tourney record of 52-24 and 2 National Championships in 1979 and 2000. 12 B1G Championships and 2 B1G tourney championships.

 SERIES INFORMATION WITH MICHIGAN ST.

(Includes last match-up)

Series …………………………………………MSU leads 59-51

Games at Ohio State…………………………OSU lead 33-22

Games at Michigan State……………………MSU leads 36-16

Neutral Games …………………………….Ohio State leads 2-1

Last OSU Win ……………………..71-61 (2/15/11,Columbus)

Last MSU Win …………………….58-48 (2/11/12,Columbus)

Longest OSU win streak ……………………………6 (1960-63)

Longest OSU home win streak ……………..15 (1910-1963)

Longest OSU away win streak …………………..3 (1960-62)

Longest MSU win streak ………………………….14 (1973-80)

Longest MSU home win streak ………………9 (1973-1981)

Longest MSU away win streak ………………….6 (1974-79)

Current Series Streak …………………………………..MSU W-1

Ranked OSU teams vs. MSU ………………………………..19-9

OSU vs. ranked MSU teams …………………………………6-16

OSU when both teams are ranked ………………………..4-5

As a team, this Ohio State Buckeyes squad was expected to accomplish a lot of what last year’s team did, and in most circles was picked as the team to beat this year. Last year’s senior led squad didn’t suffer its first loss of the season until February 12th @ Wisconsin. This team lasted until December 10th @ Kansas, but has lost a very disappointing three of its last five, including two back to back at home. In order to right the ship, and win the regular season conference crown, they have to beat a very good MSU team that’s rolling – even with its recent loss @Indiana. The Buckeyes are coming off a very hard-fought victory and momentum builder against Northwestern in Evanston.

Here are the numbers from the last game in the Schott. Pay special attention to the highlighted numbers in Ohio State’s team summary!

Michigan State 58 vs Ohio State 48

MSU

Total

3-point

Rebounds

##

Player

p

fgm-fga

fgm-fga

ftm-fta

off-def

tot

pf

tp

a

to

blk

stl

min

23

Green, Draymond

f

5-16

1-4

1-2

1-8

9

3

12

2

3

0

1

34

05

Payne, Adreian

c

6-6

0-0

3-4

3-1

4

4

15

0

1

2

2

20

11

Appling, Keith

g

4-10

1-4

5-6

0-1

1

1

14

0

7

0

2

29

13

Thornton,Austin

g

1-2

1-2

2-2

0-1

1

2

5

0

1

1

0

31

22

Dawson, Branden

g

1-3

0-0

1-2

5-3

8

1

3

1

1

0

0

20

02

Gauna, Alex

-

0-0

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

03

Kearney, Brandan

-

0-0

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

20

Trice, Travis

-

0-2

0-2

0-0

0-4

4

2

0

2

1

0

0

12

25

Nix, Derrick

-

3-8

0-0

0-0

0-1

1

2

6

2

2

0

0

19

30

Wood, Brandon

-

1-5

1-4

0-0

1-6

7

0

3

1

0

1

0

31

TM

TEAM

-

-

-

-

2-0

2

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Totals…………..

-

21-52

4-16

12-16

12-25

37

17

58

8

16

4

5

200

40.4%

25.0%

75.0%

Team summary:

FG

3FG

FT

1st Half:

15-32

4-10

1-2

46.9%

40.0%

50.0%

2nd Half:

6-20

0-6

11-14

30.0%

0.0%

78.6%

Ohio State

Total

3-point

Rebounds

##

Player

p

fgm-fga

fgm-fga

ftm-fta

off-def

tot

pf

tp

a

to

blk

stl

min

00

Sullinger,Jared

f

5-15

1-2

6-8

8-8

16

4

17

0

10

1

2

40

01

Thomas,Deshaun

f

2-12

0-5

4-6

2-0

2

1

8

0

0

0

1

32

04

Craft,Aaron

g

3-7

1-3

8-8

1-2

3

3

15

2

1

0

1

40

32

Smith Jr., Lenzelle

g

1-4

0-2

0-0

1-6

7

2

2

2

0

0

0

30

44

Buford, William

g

2-12

0-2

0-0

0-1

1

1

4

1

3

0

3

36

12

Thompson, Sam

-

1-2

0-1

0-0

0-1

1

0

2

1

0

0

0

14

30

Ravenel, Evan

-

0-1

0-0

0-0

1-1

2

2

0

0

1

1

0

8

TM

TEAM

-

-

-

-

1-1

2

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Totals…………..

-

14-53

2-15

18-22

14-20

34

13

48

6

15

2

7

200

26.4%

13.3%

81.8%

Team summary:

FG

3FG

FT

1st Half:

7-21 

2-6 

9-10

33.3%

33.3%

90.0%

2nd Half:

7-32 

0-9

9-12

21.9%

0.0% 

75.0%

PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO HIGHLIGHTED NUMBERS ABOVE

Score by Periods

 1st 

 2nd 

 Total 

 
MichiganState

35

23

58

Record: (20-5, 9-3)
OhioState

25

23

48

Record: (21-4, 9-3)
Points in the paint-MSU 30,OSU 12. Points off turnovers-MSU 16,OSU 12.
2nd chance points-MSU 11,OSU 8. Fast break points-MSU 4,OSU 4.
Bench points-MSU 9,OSU 2. Last FG-MSU 2nd-02:52, OSU 2nd-00:27.
Score tied-2 times. Lead changed-5 times.
Largest lead-MSU by 12 2nd-15:42, OSU by 5 1st-15:16.

Sullinger's renewed focus should provide some resistance to Green's success

Draymond Green has already said his piece for B1G POY honors and may just be making a great argument for the National POY award as well. Averaging a double/double on the season he’s near the top in scoring at 16.1 ppg and is the leader in rebounding at 10.1, which includes a monstrous 8 rpg on the defensive glass. Coach Izzo seems to always have a workhorse that can be depended upon to do what has to be done and Green doesn’t disappoint. I don’t like many opponents’ players, but I like Draymond Green.

Jared Sullinger came back for his sophomore year because he was committed to finishing what hadn’t been done last season. In his own way he wanted to take care of things this year and not let his senior, William Buford, leave the program the way last year’s seniors did. Losing games can do some bad things to people who aren’t use to it. As evidenced by discussions this past week, Sullinger regained his focus and took care of business. He has an opportunity to do something very special and has the teammates to do it. He has to go into East Lansing with the mindset that he will put up with anything to gain a much-needed win.

The rest of the Buckeyes need to do their thing and do it effectively. Aaron Craft needs to continue to be the defender and floor general he is. DeShaun Thomas has become the consistent offensive output type of player we had all hoped, and he needs to continue it. William Buford needs to stay in his comfortable place and ignore the nay-sayers. He is a great player and has to have a big day on his terms – not the fans. Lenzelle Smith Jr. has been a pleasant surprise all year and really has to be a shutdown type of player today. He also needs to be huge on the perimiter on offense and defense. The bench needs to be more productive than they have been all year for the Buckeyes to win tomorrow. I’d like to see more time with Evan and Jared together for a good four minutes to see how that helps.

NO FOUL??!! Craft made his second assist of the night to Sullinger for the game winning basket before the buzzer.

Dennis Hopson’s Keys to the Game

Ohio State has to establish the floor from the very start. It is Senior night in E. Lansing, so they can’t allow Draymond Green to get going because he does so many things as a player. Ohio State has to play inside / out. Because of MSU’s defense we need Jared to dominate the paint so it can free up the shooters on the perimeter. Ohio State has to play the game on their terms which means they have to take advantage of MSU on both ends…Defend and get shut downs on defense and get easy baskets on offense. Ohio State will have to play through MSU’s crazy fans and keep their poise throughout the whole game.

Big Thanks to BGSU Falcons Coach Hopson and we wish them well at Buffalo today and throughout the MAC tourney next week.

 Buckeye Records against the Michigan State Spartans

 Ohio State Team vs. Michigan State OSU W/L Score

 FG…49..………………………..Michigan State (1/30/60) W 111-79

 FGA…85….…..…………………MichiganState (1/30/60) W 111-79

 FG %… 68.5 (37-54)………….. @Michigan State (2/10/70) W 89-66

 3 FG…11 ………………………@ Michigan State (2/22/06) W 79-68

 3 FGA…29 …………………………Michigan State (1/15/06) L 62-59

 3 FG %…58.3 (7-12)……..…………MichiganState (2/7/04) L 84-70

 FT…34 …………………………@ Michigan State (1/21/84) W 82-68

 FTA…45……………………… @ Michigan State (1/21/84) W 82-68

 FT %…91.7 (11-12)…………. @Michigan State (2/13/82) W 51-46

 OR…19……………………………..Michigan State (2/27/88) L 78-77

 DR…27……..………………….. @ Michigan State (2/26/94) L 75-60

 Rebs…64.…………………………..MichiganState (3/7/64) L 81-80

 PF…27 ……………………………Michigan State (2/28/77)* L 80-79

 Pts….111 ……………………….Michigan State (1/30/60) W 111-79

 Assists…31………………………….Michigan State (1/6/75) L 88-84

 Blocks…9………………………. @Michigan State (1/6/09)* L 68-57

 Steals…12 ……………………….Michigan State (2/22/84)* W 86-70

 Ohio State Individual vs. Michigan State

 FG…19………………………………. Jerry Lucas (2/11/61) W 83-68

 FGA…31…………………………. Robin Freeman (1/3/55) W 83-76

 3 FG…5…………………………….. Jon Diebler (3/14/09)* W 82-70

 3 FGA…10………………………….. Jon Diebler (3/14/09)* W 82-70

 FT…18……………………………… Gary Bradds (1/27/64) L 102-99

 FTA…20……………………………. Gary Bradds (1/27/64) L 102-99

 OR…7………………………………….. Greg Oden (2/3/07) W 63-54

 DR…9……………………………….. Je’Kel Foster (1/15/06)* L 62-59

 Rebs…21…………………………….. Jerry Lucas (2/11/61) W 83-68

 Pts…48……………………………. Gary Bradds (1/27/64)* L 102-99

 Assists…10………………………….. Mark Bayless (1/6/75) L 88-84

 Blocks…6…………………………… Ken Johnson (1/21/01) L 71-56

 Steals…5……………………………. Troy Taylor (2/22/84)* W 86-70

*asterisk is the most recent when there are multiples

Check out our previous previews of Michigan State here

Pre-season

http://www.thebuckeyebattlecry.com/2011/10/b1g-basketball-preview-michigan-state/

Game One with Sparty

http://www.thebuckeyebattlecry.com/2012/02/pregame-glance-michigan-state-2/

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