Spartans Get Swept by the Wolverines in Ann Arbor 70-63!

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Draymond and the Spartans couldn't get things going tonight in Ann Arbor.  Photo courtesy of Mark Boomgaard.

Draymond and the Spartans couldn't get things going tonight in Ann Arbor. Photo courtesy of Mark Boomgaard.

 

 

Crisler Arena

Ann Arbor, MI

 

The Michigan Wolverines completed a regular season sweep of the Michigan State Spartans today in Ann Arbor by a score of 70-63. In fairness it wasn’t that close. They took the lead early and never relented. Holding that lead the entire game. MSU didn’t even tie the game at any point.

 

The Spartans shot an abysmal 32% for the game and a visibly upset MSU head coach Tom Izzo said after the game, “Despicable game for us. Didn’t get off to a good start (scoreless for the first 6:18 of the game) missing shots which is customary for us.” 

 

Izzo elaborated on the game today saying, “Key to the game was the number of layups we missed…they played better than us, they deserved to win.”

 

Chomping his gum and angry, Izzo went on to say about looking ahead to the Big Dance, “If this team (MSU) doesn’t play better than it did today it won’t matter.” His Spartans are now 17-13 (9-9) and said of the record, “I should be blamed for a lot of it.”

 

After the game MSU senior guard Kalin Lucas had an exchange of words with UM guard Darius Morris. It concluded with Lucas throwing the ball at him. Lucas said of it after the game, “He was talking smack, I was talking smack, it’s all part of the game…I didn’t throw it, throw it at him.”

 

When asked after the game about Lucas throwing the ball and exchanging words with Morris, Izzo said, “Let’s get the rivalry (paused to hit the podium) really going.”

 

Durrell Summers had emerged from his slump. He had 13 points and 13 rebounds and when I asked him in the locker room if he could use this as a springboard for the tournament he said, “Hopefully! I am feeling better about myself. I still feel like I could’ve done more.”

 

Draymond Green who was sick the past week with the flu was the most despondent after the game. He said in the locker room, “We just made things a lot harder an a lot worse for us.”

 

Michigan coach John Beilein was humble in victory. “We beat a good team. My pride is the same in the loss to Wisconsin (last second buzzer beater a week and a half ago) and this. We love these kids.” When asked about his team making the dance again he rejected to publicly embrace the success and said, “I never want to say until it is all said and done.”

 

Whoever won this bedlam battle would secure the fourth seed in the Big Ten tournament and a bye on Thursday. Kudos to UM for now being the 4th seed in the Big Ten tournament with today’s win. Penn State and Minnesota play on Sunday and that game determines when MSU plays next.

 

If PSU win then here is how the seeds fall out. There would be a four way tie. Making Illinois the 5th seed, PSU the 6th seed and MSU the 7th. That would have MSU playing Thursday at around 5:15 PM in Indianapolis.

 

If Minnesota beats PSU on Sunday then here is how the seeds fall because that would make a three-team tie. Illinois still the 5th and MSU would be the 6th. That would have MSU playing at 7:30 PM on Thursday.  Got it?