– Can’t complain about a 31 point win over anyone, especially on the road. It was a combination of MSU shooting extremely well, MSU playing mostly very sound defense, and Northwestern unable to hit the few open shots they generated.
Think about how much worse it could have been if MSU hadn’t committed 15 TOs.
– Denzel had a funny game. He shot extremely well and had a great Zel-like line (19/6/7) but he also had 6 TOs. Overall, obviously a strong effort but you can’t say it was a top level game for him in terms of sharpness. He’s got better to give, which is great news for MSU.
– The freshman class was off the charts tonight. McQuaid had a career high 17 points, with 5-8 from three highlighting the performance. I also thought he played well defensively against McIntosh and he ran our offense well when he was in that role. DD had 8 and 11 with 6 blocks and 3 assists. Kenny Goins (redshirt freshman) had 4 points and 5 boards and played well again defensively. Even Kyle Ahrens chipped in with a made 3.
– Again, containment of the pick and roll game was much improved, building on what we saw vs. Maryland. McIntosh had 14 points but was only 4-15 from the floor and had just 2 assists…that’s great defense on the catalyst for that team. There was a breakdown or two, so there’s always room to keep moving on up, but things are looking better lately…need to keep that momentum.
– MSU shot 62% from three. When you attempt 26 triples, that’s *really* meaningful. To put it into perspective, the only Spartans who were under 50% from deep tonight were Eron Harris at 2-6 and Alvin Ellis at 0-1.
– 15 TOs took some of the shine away from the overall offensive performance but the three shooting and 22 assists on 28 made field goals does tell part of a very nice story.
– With Rutgers coming up, you’d like to think MSU is looking at 6-4 after the weekend. The Big Ten season will be determined by what happens in the three games after that (@Michigan, @ Purdue and home against IU). Win 2 of those and I think a 2nd or 3rd place finish is still very much in the mix.