Upon Further Review - Michigan State

HoosierNation.com takes a look back at Indiana's 73-51 rout of Michigan State, arguably IU's best effort of the year. We name the game's MVP, look at what were some of the most impressive and surprising things to come out of the win, and hear what the players and coaches had to say afterwards...

Game MVP - Earl Calloway. Indiana won this game with defense, and Calloway spearheaded the Hoosiers' effort on that end of the floor. Calloway had three of Indiana's 12 steals, helping IU force Michigan State into 20 miscues on the afternoon. The end result was a 24-4 IU edge in points off turnovers, which proved to be the biggest stat of the game. Calloway held Spartan leading scorer Drew Neitzel in check, limiting him to 4-of-10 shooting and 10 points in 35 minutes, nearly nine points below his average. Offensively Calloway was a big contributor as well, finishing with 11 points, six assists and three rebounds. He also played 34 minutes without committing a turnover, running an IU offense that committed only eight turnovers on the afternoon.

Biggest Surprise… Who would have ever thought Indiana would own a 17-2 edge in second-chance points against the Spartans? Michigan State entered the game with a Big Ten-best +9.9 rebounding margin, and they were decidedly bigger with the likes of 6-10 Goran Suton, 7-0 Idong Ibok, 6-8 Marquise Gray, 6-10 Drew Naymick and 6-7 Ramar Morgan all playing at least 10 minutes Sunday. But Indiana owned a commanding 12-5 edge in offensive rebounds, and Michigan State pulled down only one offensive carom in the game's first 35 minutes. A big part of that was the fact MSU didn't get as many shots up due to its abundance of turnovers (IU had 60 field goal attempts compared to MSU's 37), but Indiana's ability to win the battle of the boards against the bigger Spartans was a big part of IU's win.

What I Found Most Impressive… Lance Stemler was only 1-of-8 from 3-point range, but was still a huge part of the Hoosiers' victory. While the 6-8 junior struggled from the perimeter, he still managed to put up 16 points and pull down a game-high seven rebounds in the Hoosiers' victory. Often matched up with bigger players such as 6-10, 245-pound Goran Suton, Stemler was able to put the ball on the floor and get to the basket to score. He also battled under the basket, coming up with a pair of offensive rebounds and putbacks in the second half. That's a big step for Stemler, who has occasionally been a non-factor offensively when he struggles with his perimeter shot. But Sunday he found other ways to score.

What I Found Most Concerning… Not much of anything. Indiana dominated the Spartans in every facet – points off turnovers (24-4), second-chance points (17-2), points in the paint (36-26) and fastbreak points (10-5). D.J. White was matched up against a very good shot blocker in 7-0 Idong Ibok, but had little trouble getting his shot up against the rangy Spartan center. The Hoosiers were without one of their best perimeter defenders in A.J. Ratliff, yet still managed to force 20 Spartan turnovers and held Neitzel in check. Indiana did struggle from behind the 3-point arc – going just 3-of-17 – but did enough other things so well it produced its most lopsided win over the Spartans in 14 years.

Turning Point: A pair of Maurice Joseph free throws had whittled Indiana's lead to 20-19 with 8:04 remaining in the first half, but Indiana responded with an 11-2 run over the next four minutes to take control of the game. Errek Suhr got things started with a 3-pointer, followed by a D.J. White dunk moments later. Calloway kept things going with a fastbreak layup following a Xavier Keeling steal, and White added another bucket and a couple of free throws to give Indiana its first double digit lead, 31-21, with 4:05 remaining. Michigan State would get no closer than seven the rest of the way.

Quotable: "Looking at the game, there were three or four things we thought we needed to do – the first one was not turn the ball over, the second was contest the 3s, and the third was at least neutralize White on the block. I'd say with the 24-4 points off turnovers we didn't do the turnovers. They were 3-17 3-point shooting, I thought we did a decent job with that. We picked our poison – we didn't want to double D.J., we thought we could do a decent job on him. But he did a heck of a job. We felt if we doubled him, the way Stemler played the last game, he'd really hurt us with 3s." – Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo.

"The game was decided by their effort-related things and our lack of. The turnovers created a lot of problems. We just didn't look very good executing." – Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo.

"Just effort, going at it. We knew it was the No. 1 rebounding team in the conference. Just going after every ball. Wilmont and Stemler did a good job on the glass tonight and helped us out." – D.J. White on IU's rebounding edge.

"I can see our kids growing and getting better. I think having Ratliff out, we're not as good a defensive team. That's why I took Joey (Shaw) out early. We get on him about staying in a stance and moving his feet. That's why he's prone to foul trouble. A.J. is a lot better at that." – IU Coach Kelvin Sampson.

"We don't have a large margin of error. You saw how Michigan State was hurting us inside in the first half. Mike White is 6-4 ½, Lance (Stemler) is 6-6, Keeling is 6-6, and that's two of the three post guys we played tonight. We don't have a lot of size. We just have to make up for it in other areas. For us, we have to scrap and claw and fight and find ways to win." – IU Coach Kelvin Sampson.

Random Thoughts/Notes: Indiana's work on the glass and its ability to force Michigan State miscues is a big reason why Spartan Coach Tom Izzo said afterwards he's considering revamping his lineup and going small. The Spartans generally had two bigs on the floor against the Hoosiers, but were still out-rebounded 30-26 and the lack of ball handlers contributed to the 20 turnovers…afterwards, Sampson said he thought his best defensive team Sunday was the unit that featured both Xavier Keeling and Mike White on the floor.

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