Simply stated. Sparty takes their injured and needing-sympathy team to Iowa City for a classic Big Ten showdown. Right now, ESPN.
There are other games but this is the best one of the night. Go Hawks.
lol at pictures in OP. Go Hawkeyes!!
That is, head and shoulders, the creepiest picture of Tom Izzo I have ever seen.
by double digits.
I think MSU wins this game.
Who do I root for so Michigan looks better?
Oh wait, Michigan beat both, it doesn't matter.
I suppose we look good either way, but an Iowa win puts us two games up on everyone in the loss column, so that's definitely what we want.
Staee is gonna need a lot more from Valentine and Trice. We held them to a combined 5 points. Iowa 78 msu 70
Pretty bland first four minutes.
I think Iowa should win this game, though it will be a tough one. I'm curious to see if they can hold Harris in check; if so that should only make an easier path for a W and two Game lead for us in the Big Ten!
BAHAHAHA Izzo must have gotten to ESPN because they just showed all of the injuries to Sparty players.
A little over exaggeration with these MSU injuries. You really have to list Trice's blisters as an injury?
Has injured players? Watch ESPN. It has to be the lead story on every basketball game played in America.
Apparently MSU is the first team in history to have injury issues, given how much pub this topic is getting.
Maybe they should just be handed the national title right now out of sympathy?
Anyone have a stream?
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State cold from the three.
How does Appling keep shooting if his wrist hurts sooooooo bad.
As soon as I turned the game on, the very first words out of the announcer's mouth were "Dawson, Payne and Appling."
Let's just give them a Purple Heart already.
Both teams under the 40% mark for effective FG% right now, and Michigan State is coming up on five minutes without a shot going in, I think. This is starting to look like one of those games that require eyewash and beer, but knowing me, I will find the will to watch regardless. Guinness #1 is being had right now.
I get blisters from playing intramurals, ESPN doesn't talk about my coach* dealing with injuries.
*I admittedly don't have a coach, but the point still stands.
Iowa's defense looks awesome. I mean, it's only because Dawson and Payne are out, but still. They've shut down any movement and function of Sparty's offense.
Fun to see the officials calling fouls on MSU when they foul.
I didn't know Bunk Moreland was on the msu staff.
I HAVE BEEN WONDERING THE SAME THING. Wonder if McNulty will join?
What? The refs are calling fouls against MSU?
Just turned the game on. 20 to 19 with 3:40 left? Bleck. Score some points.
How does he get continuation there? He was fouled way before the shot.
Ugly basketball. MSU is struggling in some areas, but they're definitely thrilled with the pace of the game; this is their kind of game, not Iowa's kind. Bodes well for MSU late.
What's really impressive to me is that all these B1G teams seem to struggle on offense against top B1G competition. They just can't get it rolling in tough circumstances.
All these B1G teams except Michigan, that is. Even against smothering defense on Saturday Michigan was well over 1.00 ppp. That's a significant positive even compared with a year ago.
seems prepared for all the stuff State gets away with.
It's NOT WORKING.
EDIT: We're playing some weird guys right now...? Really? My tiny violin isn't tiny enough.
At least Sparty is consistent, every time they floor slap, points scored on.
Oh, shut up, Izzo.
Izzo just referred to the players he recruited as "weird guys" in the halftime interview.
Izzo needs to call in the Pope to help him heal his team.
"Hey son you wanna go play for Coach Izzo... you know the guy who if you are not in the top 8 of the rotation deems you a weird guy?"
"We had some weird guys in there.." Izzo is unbelievable. Just hilarious.
"I just shit my pants" -- Fran McCaffery
If you haven't googled Fran McCaffery, you probably should. The facial expressions are magnificent.
Izzo we know you are playing more players than normal. The reason is (everybody)......... INJURIES!
Of course, Payne and Dawson aren't weird guys because they are not out there. On the bench with critical injuries.
I don't know, a guy who punches tables and breaks his hand is pretty weird.
What a true underdog story. He should be coach of the year having to play B1G 10 ball with these crippled high schoolers...
Sounds like a 30 for 30.
Terrible excuse. A starter and a bench player got in foul trouble for both teams. I guess it's just easier to blame someone else.
have any theories as to why there's a foul & free throw disparity? Please help Tom and the reporter out. Anyone? Buehler? Buehler?
Even in a halftime interview, Izzo managed to sneak in a whine about not having his bigs. Instead, he has to play 'weird guys.' Wow.
Holy travel, Batman!
That could happen. He's pulling a Beilein
Wow, Appling looked like he was running in for a touchdown there. How is that not called?