Spartans Lucky Against Gophers

Michigan State comes away with a lucky road win against scrappy Minnesota team.

Michigan State once again was in a position to make a comeback and luckily they were able to succeed.

Offensively the Spartans looked extremely disheveled against a Minnesota team who decided to play zone defense.

The results found the Spartans struggling to find a way to penetrate the scheme consistently.

As for shooting, Tom Izzo's squad came out hot in the first half only to go cold during the second half.

Defensively the Spartans lacked the intensity level fans expect out of an Izzo coached squad.

While the Gophers did a good job of penetrating and forcing the Spartans to foul, the lack of transition defense especially in the first half, allowed the Gophers to get easy baskets.

In the end Spartan Digest feels the Gophers gave this game away after playing well for thirty to forty minutes as they started making bad decision with the ball in the final six minutes of the game.

However, give the Spartans credit for taking advantage of the opportunities given to them and converting at the free throw line.

Draymond Green did a great job of keeping his team levelheaded and focused. Green didn't have a double-double in this game but his leadership was the deciding factor in this game.

Brandon Wood was the surprise x-factor scoring 13 points. Wood did a great job of penetrating the zone at times and being aggressive offensively. Fans would love to see more aggressive play from him on a consistent basis.

Keith Appling also had a solid game, finishing with 13 points, 5 assists and no turnovers. Appling also did a great job of giving the Spartans the lead and sealing the lead by converting at the free throw line.

The Spartans still lead the Big Ten but right now their main goal should be to finish the end of regular season strong. MSU must take advantage of their next game at home against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, and then prepare for two tough road games against Indiana and Ohio State before heading into Big Ten Tournament play.


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