Sunday Afternoon Basketball Open Thread

Submitted by maizeonblueaction on January 27th, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Didn't see this up yet, so I figured I would take the initiative. Top 25 Matchups are


  1. 25 Miami v. FSU
  2. 7 IU v. 13 MSU
  3. 17 Creighton v SIU

and obviously us later at 6:00


Obviously, the IU MSU game has the most effect on us, but other games of note include Iowa v. Purdue, and possibly Rutgers v. UConn.



January 27th, 2013 at 2:56 PM ^

this indy-sparty game is fantastic.




that chant needs to be shamelessly jacked by the maize rage.  i think the crimson guard would be okay with it.


January 27th, 2013 at 3:02 PM ^

50-50 call could have gone either way. Initial thought was it was a block but I can see that being called a charge. Obviously huge call that gives Indiana the game but could have been the right call. Defender looked set but the key was it before the offensive player got in the air?

Either way great game and we are going to have hands full with both teams.


January 27th, 2013 at 3:05 PM ^

Sparty did well on themselves today in showing that they may be a pretty decent team and coming to form.  I hate saying it, but it's true.  This was a game where KenPom comes in and shows that it's about more than just wins/losses.  Sometimes you play well and lose but good/great things can be shown from a said loss; this might be the case for Sparty today.


January 27th, 2013 at 3:05 PM ^

Well this is the outcome that benefitted us the most, but this game was much closer than I thought it would be. MSU is getting better it seems every game.


January 27th, 2013 at 3:09 PM ^

Hard to say if it benefited us the most IMO.

If we are destined to split with each of these teams then it is probably better for them to split the games between themselves also.

Either way the game is good film for our team to look at and is a cautionary tale to not underestimate either of these teams.

snarling wolverine

January 27th, 2013 at 3:33 PM ^

Yeah, you don't want a contender (who isn't us) to beat another contender on the road.  IU winning at home is expected and doesn't change the overall picture.  For MSU to beat IU on the road would have been unexpected and would have really shaken things up.  (I rooted for MSU to beat Ohio for the same reason.)

 Now, if IU were to lose at home to a middle-of-the-pack team like Iowa or Illinois, that'd be perfectly fine.



January 27th, 2013 at 3:19 PM ^

With how many teams lost ahead of them this week (Louisville, Arizona, Butler, Minnesota, Kansas State) State should actually move up in the rankings after this loss.


January 27th, 2013 at 3:20 PM ^

Michigan State shot 45% from the floor (27-60) and went 11-23 from three-point point range. Indiana, for their part, shot 27-53 and 8-21 from three-point range. Victor Olidapo ends the day with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 steals. Gary Harris also had 21 points, 2 rebounds and 2 steals. 

By most lines that were published, if you would have taken Indiana and the over, you likely would be collecting your moeny as I type. Massey went with an 80% win probability for Indiana and a nine-point margin. 

Of the Spartans' losses, however, this is the second closest overall and the closest in conference play, as well as their best scoring effort among those losses and, at least statistically, their best defensive performance in that set. Just looking at those few games, they are getting harder fought each time, so our meeting with them should be a pretty good fight. 


January 27th, 2013 at 3:46 PM ^

definitely is looking way better than earlier this season.  If they could have found a way to utilize Payne during the end of that game I feel like they could have snuck away with one.  I'm just excited to see how we match up with them this year.  Also, since when is Payne a 3 pt shooter?

Blue boy johnson

January 27th, 2013 at 4:55 PM ^

Surprise surprise, MSU is very good and Izzo has done a great job coaching this season.

MSU had one player, Travis Trice with eight points, score off the bench.

Indiana only had two players score and 12 total points off their bench


January 27th, 2013 at 5:01 PM ^

Scout's #1 recruiting class.  Road-grader OL coming in.  #1 all purpose back coming in.  #1 Basketball team, led by the #1 PG in the nation.  Silky smooth Tim Harday JRRRRR - Oop catching GRIII, and the Canadian swoosh-machine Stauskas.  It's a good time to be a Michigan fan, brothers.  Let us bow our fucking heads.


Bo Glue, ladies and gents