Different Opponent…Same Old Spartans




Different Opponent…Same Old Spartans


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The MSU Spartans lost at Penn State 66-62. The sad thing is that no one in the Spartan Nation is shocked. They were out rebounded, had more turnovers, and looked sloppy and at times disinterested.


With superior talent and depth, the Spartans lost to a better team. They were outplayed and frankly, Izzo was out-coached. Somehow and someway, the multi-million dollar future            Hall of Fame coach has to figure this out. 


He seemed frustrated, and frankly, at a loss for words to describe this shocking loss. After what he called a great week of practice, he didn’t have the excuses he mentioned after the Texas loss of a lack of time on the court. He alluded to that saying, “This time, I can't blame it on our preparation."


Izzo lamented after the game, "It was one of the most disappointing losses of my career.” He was right.


This team is disheveled. They barely survived Northwestern and have a three-day turnaround to host archrival and Izzo’s once main nemesis Bo Ryan and the Badgers of Wisconsin on Tuesday.


Durrell Summers led the Spartans with 21, and Draymond Green had ten boards. The Spartans had only 11 turnovers, but the Lions had five and frankly played superior team basketball.


The Spartans face Illinois, Purdue on the road, and Wisconsin at home in three of their next four games. They are certainly in danger of seeing the season fall apart if they do not somehow get back to Spartan basketball. What is arguable Izzo’s most talented group is quickly playing and acting like one of his worst teams.


The Spartans record is now 10-5 on the season and 2-1 in the Big Ten tied for fourth place. The Spartans started the season #1 in some polls and #2 in most. They most certainly will fall out of the top twenty-five in the next poll. 


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