Things looked bleak for the Spartans earlier on this Weekend when they were brutally outplayed by a scrappy Nittany Lions squad on the road and suffered their first loss in conference play and 5th loss in the young college Basketball season. With the loss To Penn State The Spartans fell outside the top 25 rankings and watched fellow Big Ten teams such as Ohio State, Purdue, Ilinois, and Wisconsin sit ahead of them in the Big Ten standings. Coming in to this game at home Izzo’s squad needed to show a sense of urgency and resilliancy against a fundamentally sound Badger team that prides itself in being mistake free and having a strong defense. The Spartans needed to win this one at home to have any chance at challenging Ohio State and Purde for the division lead and thats exactly what they did on tuesday night.
The MSU student section was jumping all game and made the difference in a tight game when Wisconsin uncharacteristically collapsed in the dying minutes and allowed Michigan State back in the game. Bo Ryans Badgers were an impressive 34-1 when leading in the final 4 minutes of the second half since 2009 but they were forced in to numerous turnovers late in the second half that helped the Spartans force OT. It started with 3 minutes to go with W isconsin up by 5 Delvin Roe Stripped the ball from Jordan Taylor and set Kieth Appling up for a picture perfect slam. shortly after a timeout was called and when play resumed it looked as though Izzo’s team was way more poised and confident and on the ensuing inbound Rob Wilson of Wisconsin stepped out of bounds turning the ball over to Michigan State in the offensive zone leading to a Korie Lucious three to tie the game at 53. Shortly after Kalin Lucas blew by a defender and looked to have an easy lay up only to get stuffed from behind leading the game into Overtime. In Ot baskets were hard to come by but one shining shooter was Draymond Green who nailed dagger after dagger and scored a career high 26 in a winning cause and was a major catalyst in the Spartan turn around. when the game was notted at 59 Kalin Lucas was fouled on the baseline and made one of two shots which didn’t hurt the Spartans because the Badgers would go on to sink only 1 bucket in the final minute and Michigan State iced the game with some clutch free throws putting the game out of reach.
Coach Izzo said in a postgame interview that he was proud of the amount of heart and resilliancy his team showed as the win improved their conference record to 3-1 heading in to this weekends game against Northwestern. Not getting down after suffering some big defecits to a solid team showed that maybe this Spartans squad are coming in to their own and they are all taking responsibility to work as a team and not worry about individual accelades. Tonight we witnessed Draymond Green who was slotted at the number 4 slot drop 26 points to lead all scorers and power the Spartans to a victory. At 11-5 the Spartans are finally starting to show some of their potential and should remember the amount of critics who wrote them off last year after a shaky start only to eat their words when they advanced all the way to the final four . Their is still room for the Spartans to improve but their toughness and urgency late in this game is something they can build off of when they play #16 Illinois and #8 Purdue in the next few weeks. I still have solid praise for this team and know that they can tough out this tough conference schedule and pull through when it matters in March.
About the Author
Written by Colin Teskey
I Started watching sports at the ripe age of 4 when Michael Jordan was leading the Chicago Bulls to their second three-peat and sixth NBA title. It was through Jordan’s play that inspired me to become an avid sports fan and that you can accomplish anything through hard work. Sports are remarkable in how they can capture your everyday life by leaving you speechless after some spectacular play, leave you depressed after your home team loses, and lift and entire city to its feet( New Orleans Saints).My favorite Sports Teams go as followed for Basebal,l I am a die hard Blue Jays Fan. Gotta rep Canada on this one as the Toronto Blue Jays are the only Canadian team left now that the Expos packed up and left. Joe Carter, Roberto Alomar, and Doc Halladay are my all time favorite Jays. For Football, I've pledged my allegiance to the Philadelphia Eagles. I became a fan when the Mcnabb and T.O show were in town and both helped lead the Eagles all the way to the Superbowl in 2004. My next two favourite teams are my top two and the ones I follow the closest. As I alluded to earlier Michael Jordan was who I grew up watching so I naturally became a Bulls Fan. The Bulls of the nineties were by far the best team ever assembled and I challenge anybody who argues that. Micheal Jordan deserves a lot of credit but he wouldn't have been nearly the player he was without Pippen, Rodman, and many more great teamates. I can't even see the current Miami Heat roster breaking the 95-95 teams record of going 72-10 which may never be broken.My all time Favorite team are the Ottawa Senators. I bleed red and gold and will always be a Sens fan no matter how bad they are. Growing up in Ottawa, I've seen the team go from an expansion team nightmare to one of the premier organizations in the game. They have fallen on hard times recently but my favorite moment as a Sens fan came in the 2007 playoff when Alfie scored on Ryan Miller to send Ottawa to the Cup! When Ottawa went to the Cup the city went in to a frenzy and is something I'll never forget. The current rebuild in Ottawa will take It's toll on the fans, however I know we will be celebrating another cup run in the future.