I said before the game that this crowd would refuse to let the Spartans lose.  The only way would be the Spartans laying an egg.  For the second straight IU game MSU Captain Keith Appling had no impact and the Spartans fell to the Hoosiers.

The Izzone lined up at midnight.  Magic was in the house, but MSU couldn’t overcome the IU intensity.  I think Izzo said it best, “They came into our place where we should be eight or ten points better…I thought Indiana played hard the whole game and deserved to win.” IU head coach Tom Crean said, “A lot of times these games don’t live up to the hype… this one did.”

An obviously dejected Izzo said, “Very disappointed; had some of our key games not into the game…Best lineup in the 2nd half was three freshman, and two sophomores”

As mentioned above the Spartans can’t win big like this team potentially can without Appling.  After not showing up in Bloomington, Appling disappeared again.  Appling had six points and two assists, but four turnovers.  Izzo said, “I really don’t know what it is.  Honestly I felt bad for him.  Wasn’t himself.”  If you think Izzo was only upset with his captain you would be wrong.

He elaborated that, “There are some things that really disappointed me about the discipline of my team tonight.”  MSU only shot 42%, but they did hold IU to 44%.  MSU also had 12 turnovers compared to the Hoosiers 10.

Crean added that, “I told our players this would be the most physical college basketball game of the year.”  Crean added, “Games like this aren’t about how tough you are, but smart you are.”  He went on to say, “Our guys did an excellent job of never getting down.”

The best player in the nation is Victor Oladipo and he showed it tonight.  He looked like a man among boys.  He had 19 points and nine rebounds in 30 minutes.  Izzo praised him saying, “In my opinion the MVP of this league, Oladipo, made every big play.”  He is right.

Crean praised his star that was hobbled by an ankle injury.  He said, “Victor Oladipo wasn’t close to 100%.” 

Tom Izzo was dejected, but he shouldn’t be.  He can’t make shots.  His team with this crowd should have beaten IU tonight.  He had the right game plan and the fans did their part, but this was on the players.  Not all of the players, and those that didn’t play well certainly aren’t bad kids, but it is what it is.  I expect to see these two teams go at it at the Big Ten tournament and possibly in the Final Four.

Credit not only Izzo, but his assistants.  They had these players ready with a solid game plan.  It just wasn’t the Spartans night and there is no shame in that.  IU is the #1 team for reason.

Gary Harris again went off.  He led the Spartans with 19 and Adreian Payne added 17 and seven boards.  Add to that a solid eight minutes by freshman Matt Costello and that is the extent of the great players.

The best medicine to get over this loss is to get back into it and the Spartans will do that.  They head to Columbus to take on the Buckeyes Sunday in Columbus.  That game is a 4PM tip on CBS.

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  1. Pete February 20, 2013 at 10:22 am #

    Tom Izzo lost the game for MSU tonight. He inexplicably sat Dawson for at least 10 minutes in the second half. He punished Trice and Costello for making little mistakes when Appling, Valentine, and the rest were making big mistakes almost all of the time. He didn’t identify the matchups he could win fast enough to score points and his players don’t play straight man defense well enough to keep Indiana from scoring the three ball. Izzo may give MSU its only recognizable major college sports program in America but he’s not infallible. Sometimes, he’s not even good.

    • John February 20, 2013 at 1:15 pm #

      We had an excellent chance down the stretch. I thought missing crucial free throws was our undoing.

  2. DC Spartan February 20, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

    Pete, are you serious? Dawson was pulled bc his level of play on defense was killing us.

    case in point, he comes in for Valentine, and immediately off an in bounds he stood and watched while losing his man giving up a wide open three they knocked down, valentine came back in right away.

    All for an engaged Dawson playing, but that’s just awful.

    The game plan was pretty good, we didn’t execute. We need Appling and Dawson to raise their game, they’re vets.

    • Pete February 20, 2013 at 8:55 pm #

      Dawson is mentally fragile. You’re not going to fix him by sitting him for long periods of time. Appling is not a point guard. He shoots bad shots, he can’t pass the ball, and he sure can’t run an offense or play on-ball defense. Somebody needs to tell Valentine that he is not quick enough or big enough to be Magic. Trice and Costello are the only subs Izzo has that can help him right now and he sits them every time they sneeze. It’s amazing to me that MSU came close to winning but, had they won, there would have been a national controversy about the homer refs and scorekeepers. Sorry, all of this doesn’t point to the players, it points to Izzo. He needs to shake up this team or they will fade into fourth place. Costello should start and Nix can sit until we’re ahead in the game. Dawson needs to be rationed minutes consistently until he grows up. Trice should get half the time at the 1. Get the players out there that play the best on-ball defense and, maybe, this basketball season will not have a football ending.

  3. DC Spartan February 21, 2013 at 10:13 am #

    I have no insight into Dawson mental state so I will refrain from commenting.

    As for how to break ppl out of a slump with PT, I’m all for it, but not when it’s a tight game in the closing seconds. you have to give yourself the best chance to win and leaving someone in who won’t play defense is inexcusable.

    Appling has struggled, I’m not sure how much is due to fatigue, Trice coming back will help.

    valentine may struggle with some lateral quickness but he’s still pretty effective for a freshman and has really come on since his slump.

    Trice has missed 9 games due to concussion symptoms, poor guy can’t catch a break. I’m not sure what more you want. He needs to work back into the rotation and get back into game shape.

    As for Costello, he’s going to be a big part of the future and he’s doing great defensively, but right now he’s one dimensional. I have no problem with him or Gauna coming in for spot duty to give Nix or Payne a break, maybe 5-10 minutes a game.

    As for the need to shake things up this is the method that got us to 22-5. I think everyone wishes we had an effort that matched the UM game everytime we played. But we are still ahead of expectations and as frustrating as some of the losses and wins have been,I’m enjoying the season. Are you?