no wonder we hired Hunter Lochmann
There is a nice blog on ESPN about defensive strategies and a portion of it is on MSU. I found this part rather interesting:
YouTube user 'Mitercut' has posted some incredible POV videos of Michigan Stadium and Ann Arbor. Mitercut uses a drone with a GoPro camera attached to get the views. Well worth the look!
EDIT: Sorry for the linking problem. The link is on the bold title.
Michigan vs Notre Dame UTL (II?) It starts out with a few seconds of darkness…wait for the shot!
Michigan Stadium in winter. (Preparing for hockey?)
Michigan alum and fan, Jonathan Chait, playfully takes down Nate Silver with better statistics--along with MSU, Tom Izzo and Barack Obama--and reinforces just who is the best college basketball coach.
Michigan goes for the sweep in East Lansing. No changes in the lineup tonight for Michigan; Matt Berry and Rhett Holland will not play for MSU. The game is on FSD.
There has been ongoing discussion regarding MSU's defensive strategy with regards to both football and basketball on this site. Whether on the gridiron or the hard court, their aggressive grabbing, pulling, hand checking, using the coach as an extra defender, jamming, neck twisting, throat punching, etc. has been well noted right down to their self proclaimed thuggery of "X minutes of unnecessary roughness". As frustrating as it has proven to be for opposing teams, it has been mostly effective for them. So when these antics occasionally backfire (see repeated floor slapping, Valentine's woofing, unleashing Russell Byrd in any capacity), it's nice to savor the moment.
My contribution to said meme is highlighting one of the strategies deployed in attempt to disrupt Stauskas's shot on Sunday. There were clearly a lot of extra curriculars targeted at Stauskas, as the numerous scrapes on his body throughout the course of the game would suggest, but the focus of this post is the Rick James approach.
As Stauskas was elevating and finishing over every defender Sparty put on him, I began to notice that MSU's players had more or less given up on trying to get a hand on the ball to block his shot. Nor were they satisfied with simply getting a hand straight up to impede his sight line or the trajectory of the ball. Instead they resorted to literal face slapping (also not a foul)...
Appling: "What did the five fingers say to the face?"
TL;DR summary - Sparty's defensive strategy:
Perhaps people with wrist boo boos should consider fewer slaps of the court, opponents faces, and what not.
According to the Detroit News:
Malik McDowell is still "solid" about his commitment to Michigan State. Visits to Ohio State and Florida State are on hold.