Michigan basketball bombarded by the Spartans, 75-52

Michigan basketball continued an ugly trend against top-ranked Big Ten foes on the road by getting absolutely drilled by the Michigan State Spartans at the Breslin Center, 75-52. The loss drops #4 Michigan to 21-4 (8-4) while the streaking Spartans improve to 21-4 (10-2).

How They Lost

The Wolverines haven’t played good basketball on the road against Ohio State, Indiana, and now Michigan State. The blueprint has been that the opposition comes out shooting darts and runs out to a big early game lead. Michigan then has to scrap and claw just to get back into it before ultimately falling by the wayside.

Tom Izzo’s team broke free of the usual by not allowing Michigan to ever get into this game. Not even close. Michigan shot 10-24 in the first half, including 3-11 from three point range compared to 16-30 and 3-8 for the Spartans.

Trey Burke, Michigan basketball

Trey Burke

The Wolverines entered halftime a beaten team and came out for the 2nd half and played like it. Michigan’s defense was unable to make Izzo’s team uncomfortable at any point during the game. On the flip side, Trey Burke could never get his teammates involved. Michigan had to work way too hard to get their looks and simply didn’t have the luxury of running their offense and getting easy buckets.

Tim Hardaway, Jr. shot 0-6 in the 1st half, leaving Burke to try and shoulder the load. Glenn Robinson III’s offensive game has evaporated and his confidence is at a seasonal low. What it looked like tonight was two teams moving in opposite directions. MSU really has it rolling and not only looked like the better, more complete team, but they looked like the team who wanted it more.

Michigan State had 4 players finish in double figures, led by Gary Harris’ 17. He was 5-9 from deep. Derrick Nix used an array of bizarre hook shots to finish with 16 points. Keith Appling was 4-14 from the field but scored 11 and Branden Dawson added 10 before leaving with an injury.

To see Robinson and Hardaway combine to shoot 2-15 for 4 points in a game of this magnitude was a glimpse into the overall disaster that just took place.

The feeling that will resonate with Michigan fans after this one is how they seemingly laid down and played dead in the 2nd half. There was no run. No fire. Nothing indicative of the character of one of the nation’s best teams. Tonight was not what this team is supposed to be about.

Michigan’s 3 Stars

  1. Trey Burke – Burke was one of just a few Wolverines who was able to shake off his surroundings and play his game. Burke was 7-11 from the floor (3-5 from beyond the arc) for 18 points. He added 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, and 2 turnovers.
  2. Nik Stauskas – Stauskas looked much more comfortable than he did in the OSU and Indiana road games. Perhaps he is settling in. He shot 4-8 (2-4 from three) for 10 points and 3 rebounds.
  3. Nobody. Burke and Stauskas were literally the only 2 players to have a solid game. No other player scored more than 5.

News and Notes

  • A big moment in this game came with 18:22 left in the 2nd half. Michigan State was up 43-29 at the time and Keith Appling drew a questionable charge call on Burke. The foul was Burke’s 3rd. John Beilein instantly pulled him from the game. The vibe at the time was if Burke wasn’t in the lineup then certain doom was to come. MSU immediately went on a big run, erasing any hope of a comeback attempt.
  • Tonight’s game marked the first time that both teams were ranked in the top 10 at the time of the meeting.
  • Mitch McGary made the first start of his career tonight. It was certainly a tough assignment for the freshman. He didn’t make his usual impact finishing with 4 points, 4 boards, and 4 turnovers.
  • With the loss, Michigan drops 2 games back in the Big Ten standings. It is beginning to look like a repeat atop the nation’s best league is going to be very difficult to achieve.
  • Perhaps most surprising was seeing Michigan lose the turnover battle, 16-8.
  • MSU out-rebounded Michigan 40-28.
  • From a big picture perspective, this is a loss that won’t hurt Michigan much come seeding time. All of these top-tiered Big Ten teams are going to get extremely high seeds come March Madness and roll from there.

Up Next

On Sunday at noon, Michigan will finally get a much needed scheduling breather as Penn State comes to town. The Nittany Lions are 8-15 overall, but 0-11 in conference play. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.

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  • http://n/a WOLVERINE

    OOPS!!!!

    meant to say *Swiss-Watch DEFENSE* (NOT SWITCH WATCH)!!!! SORRY ABOUT THAT!!!!

    –WOLVERINE

  • http://n/a WOLVERINE

    ^don^,

    THANKS!!!! I made (Xeroxed) copies of this to every member of the 2012-13 Michigan Men’s Basketball Program. I also emphasize these in my emails (among the recipients are a couple of the Assistant Coaches [not going to say who, for various reasons])!!!! Defense is in short, while it does take talent (I actually believe it is harder to be a great Defensive Player than a Great Offensive Player [i.e. Offense can be, or is easier, to teach or learn than Defense is) BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY IT TAKES A MINDSET, A DESIRE, A WILL, A HUNGER!!!!

    –WOLVERINE

  • don

    @ wolverine- Those are some great quotes! Anyway to forward those to coach Beilein? lol

  • http://n/a WOLVERINE

    ^don^,

    ****^^^^I ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY WHOLEHEARTEDLY AGREE WITH YOUR SENTIMENT, VIEWS, AND RATIONALE AND COULD NOT HAVE SAID IT BETTER MYSELF!!!!^^^^****. I’LL ADD FURTHER IN THAT WE NEED TO STOP BEING (TOO) REACTIVE (AS IF OUR LEGS ARE STUCK IN QUICKSAND OR CEMENT, PARTICULARLY WHEN IT COMES TO TEAMS DRIVING IT DOWN OUR THROAT [I.E. DRIVING IT DOWN IN THE LANE]!!!!!), AND BE MORE “PREEMPTIVE AND PROACTIVE” — ESPECIALLY ON WHAT I CALL “SWITCH-WATCH (PRECISION)-BASED DEFENSE” (a.k.a. TEAM DEFENSE, WHICH IS BY FAR MORE IMPORTANT THAN INDIVIDUAL DEFENSE!!!!)!!!! TOM IZZO AND THEIR COACHING STAFF MADE ADJUSTMENTS (FROM THEIR GAME #1 LOSS LAST SEASON TO THEIR GAME #2 WIN LAST SEASON/GAME #1 WIN THIS CURRENT SEASON) AND HAVEN’T LOOKED BACK SINCE. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? IT MEANS THAT . . .
    —> THE BALL IS NOW IN YOUR COURT JOHN BEILEIN (AND [COACHING STAFF] CO.)!!!!
    —> IT IS NOW YOUR TURN TO “HOLD SERVE”
    —> FINALLY IT IS NOW YOUR TURN TO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS AND COUNTER-ADJUSTMENTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    MATHEMATICALLY-SPEAKING WE ARE STILL ALIVE TO WIN THE BIG-TEN OUTRIGHT (EITHER AT 14-4 OR EVEN [YES YOU SAW AND READ THIS CORRECTLY!!!!] AT 13-5!!!!) BUT WE NEED SOME HELP AND MORE IMPORTANTLY WE NEED TO WIN OUT (OR ONLY LOSE ONE MORE TIME IN THE LATTER CASE). BAD NEWS IS THAT WE HAVE NEVER WON THE BIG-TEN OUTRIGHT AT 13-5 (OUR WORST RECORD, IN THE 18-GAME SEASON ERA OF CONFERENCE PLAY WAS 14-4 BACK IN THE 1985-86 SEASON WHEN WE DEFEATED INDIANA IN THE LAST GAME OF THE SEASON IN A “WINNER TAKE ALL GAME” TO SEE WHO WOULD BE BIG-TEN CHAMPION). HERE ARE THE INSTANCES OF TEAMS WINNING THE BIG-TEN REGULAR SEASON TITLE AT 13-5 (BOTH SHARED AND OUTRIGHT):

    4: THE NUMBER OF TIMES THAT A BIG-TEN CHAMPION[S] HAS WON (EITHER SHARED OR OUTRIGHT) THE REGULAR SEASON BIG-TEN CHAMPIONSHIP, with a 13-5, .722 Record!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:
    *1978-79 SEASON:
    1.) IOWA == 13-5, .722
    1.) MICHIGAN STATE == 13-5, .722
    1.) PURDUE == 13-5, .722
    *1979-80 SEASON:
    1.) INDIANA == 13-5, .722
    *1982-83 SEASON:
    1.) INDIANA == 13-5, .722
    *2011-12 SEASON:
    1.) MICHIGAN == 13-5, .722
    1.) MICHIGAN STATE == 13-5, .722
    1.) OHIO STATE == 13-5, .722

    I’LL HAVE MORE TO SAY IN THE FUTURE (WHETHER IN THIS ARTICLE OR IN A FUTURE ONE) TIME AND ENERGY PERMITTING (I AM EXTREMELY BUSY RIGHT NOW ACADEMICALLY-SPEAKING AND IT IS NOW SEVERELY IMPACTING MY FANDOM FROM A “BLUE-COLLAR, FIERY, RABID, SPORTS-FAN PSYCHOLOGY”-STANDPOINT. ONE HAS MY LING 497 (LANGUAGE DOCUMENTATION AND FIELD METHODS [I.E. FIELD METHODOLOGY] CLASS) CLASS TO THANK FOR THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ANYWAYS, HOPE THIS HELPS. TO SUMMARIZE, EXCELLENT POINT ^DON’T^!!!! ^ROB WHITE^, I SHARE AND CONCUR WITH YOUR LAST POINT/SENTENCE (“THE REMATCH IN 2 WEEKS WILL BE INTERESTING”). EVERYONE, THANKS AND PEACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    –WOLVERINE

    P.S. GLENN ROBINSON III. AND NIK STAUSKAS WILL NEED TO C-O-N-S-I-S-T-E-N-T-L-Y SHOW UP AND HAVE A VERSATILE (FROM AN ABSOLUTE ALL-AROUND STAT-LINE IMPACT) STAT-LINE STANDPOINT. IN OTHER WORDS, THEY WILL NEED TO BECOME “SEVERE” AND SIGNIFICANT
    ****^^^^STAT-SHEET STUFFERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!^^^^****

    IF MICHIGAN IS TO ACHIEVE ALL OF ITS GOALS STILL (WHICH ARE STILL POSSIBLE, TUESDAY’S ENIGMATIC RESULT NOTWITHSTANDING) AND IF THEY ARE ESPECIALLY AND FOR DAMN SURE WANT TO BEAT MICHIGAN STATE IN THE HOME-GAME REMATCH IN EARLY MARCH (IT IS ON SUNDAY–MARCH 3RD AT 4:00PM ON CBS)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLAYERS MUST NOT ALLOW OR INVITE OPPONENTS TO CHECK THEM AGGRESSIVELY WHEN WE MAKE PASSES ON THE PERIMETER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THAT MUST CHANGE, EITHER BY PUTTING THE BALL ON THE FLOOR, BY SAVVINESS (DOING A RIP-THRU MOVE AND THEREFORE ACCENTUATING THE CONTACT [BY {SOMEWHAT} “ACTING”] OR BY OTHER PLAYERS !@#%^^&*^#$%#@~!%#@#!%#@$ MOVING WITHOUT THE BALL [CAN WE SAY, BACKDOOR CUTS, BOYS-‘N-GIRLS??!!!!]), OR THROUGH OTHER MEANS/WAYS (THIS IS WHERE JOHN BEILEIN AND THE COACHING STAFF STARTS TO TRULY EARN THEIR KEEP [I.E. MONEY])!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I DON’T KNOW ABOUT ANY OF YOU AND/OR I CAN’T SPEAK FOR ANYONE (ELSE) BUT MYSELF, BUT . . .
    ****^^^^!@##@^%&&^*@#$%!@#$!@!~@#$@#%^&%$^%!@~~#@$@!#$^#$f BUT I AM EXTREMELY UPSET AND DISAPPOINTED THAT WE WILL NOT AND COULD NOT SWEEP MICHIGAN STATE THIS YEAR IN A 2-GAME SERIES!!!! MICHIGAN STATE FANS ON THE OTHERHAND ARE EXTREMELY HAPPY THIS YEAR WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF A SPLIT (I.E. IT WAS SOMEWHAT VIEW AS A NON-SURPRISE IF MICHIGAN WERE TO SWEEP THEM AND IT WAS SAID THAT IT WOULD BE VIEWED AS A “DISAPPOINTMENT” FOR MICHIGAN THIS YEAR WITH A SPLIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    !@##^%%$*#@$!~$#$@@!@!#$$%^& LOSING TO MICHIGAN STATE IS NEVER TOLERABLE AND IS NEVER ACCEPTABLE, ESPECIALLY IN MEN’S BASKETBALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rob White

    Izzo said it best. It was a perfect storm that Michigan walked into last night. The rematch in 2 weeks will be interesting.

    • Lebster

      Oh come on. Izzo was being polite to you morons

  • don

    Great teams play great defense! When we learn how to play defense, then we can move forward!

  • http://rwhiteandson.com BobWhite

    Game seemed to be a complete mismatch. Spartans came out strong and stayed that way.

  • http://isportsweb J & D Fuller

    Brutal. Hideous. Such a blow out.

  • http://n/a WOLVERINE

    EVERYONE,

    ****^^^^WHAT THE !@#$$^%*$&#$w%^#$w HELL, HAPPENED???????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!^^^^****

    DID NOT HAVE A CHANCE TO WATCH THE GAME AT ALL, DUE TO ACADEMIC/MEETINGS OBLIGATIONS!!!! WERE WE INTIMIDATED FROM THE GET GO? DID BEILEIN PULL HIS “BIZARRE SUBSTITUTION/ROTATIONS ‘CRAP'” AGAIN? DID IZZO WORK THE REF.’S/INTIMIDATED THE REF’S AND THEREFORE WE DID NOT? WHY DID MCGARY START (HE IS BETTER COMING OFF THE BENCH) AND NOT JON HORFORD LIKE HE HAD BEEN DOING??? THANKS AND PEACE!!!!

    VERY SINCERELY,
    W-O-L-V-E-R-I-N-E

    P.S. A SILVER-LINING IS THAT THE 1995-96 KENTUCKY TEAM (THAT HAD 2 OVERALL LOSSES WHEN IT WON THE NCAA TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP) HAD A BLOWOUT LOSS OF 20-SOME POINTS (DON’T REMEMBER THE MARGIN FOR THE OTHER LOSS, BUT I THINK THAT ONE AS WELL WAS A ROUT)!!!! SO, IT IS NOT THE END OF THE WORLD, AND WE CAN STILL ACHEIVE OUR BIG GOALS (IN TERMS OF A BIG-TEN REGULAR SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP [THOUGH IT WILL NOT, MOST LIKELY, BE IN SHARED FASHION], B.T.T. CHAMPIONSHIP, AND NCAA TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Lebster

      You obviously are inferring mich is Kentucky. Not even close. Maybe we should all remember how high Michigan has been overrated and how far they are falling. If they were honestly rated they would be around 15th at best. This is just the money talking to have the wolves in the top ten. Go alumni.

      • http://n/a WOLVERINE

        ^Lebster^,

        I am actually not, if you read my entire comment C-A-R-E-F-U-L-L-Y!!!! I THINK YOU MISUNDERSTOOD MY POST AND/OR READ IT WRONG!!!! ANYWAYS, YOU DO REALIZE THAT DESPITE THE ENIGMATIC PERFORMANCE/RESULT, VEGAS STILL HAS MICHIGAN THE ODDS-ON FAVORITE TO WIN THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, RIGHT????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        ALSO, NOT TO SOUND LIKE A DICK, BUT OUR NICKNAME IS THE *WOLVERINES*, NOT WOLVES!!!! FINALLY, YOU DO REALIZE THAT MICHIGAN STATE IN THEIR 1999-00 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP HAD AN EMBARASSING (TO PUT IT VERY MILDLY) TO WRIGHT STATE, RIGHT???!!!! OR THAT THE 1988-89 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP MICHIGAN TEAM HAD AN EMBARRASING NEUTRAL-SITE LOSS TO ALASKA-ANCHORAGE, RIGHT???!!!! OR THAT DUKE THIS SEASON, HAS EMBARRASSING LOSSES TO MIAMI(FLA.), RIGHT???!!!!! I COULD GO ON AND ON. AND WE ARE *NOT* OVERRATED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LAST TIME I CHECKED WE BEAT A MINNESOTA TEAM, ****^^^^AT MINNESOTA^^^^****, SOMETHING THAT MICHIGAN STATE ****^^^^COULDN’T DO!!!!^^^^**** OH YEAH, WE ARE IN THE TOP 10 IN ALL OF THE RPI/POWER RANKINGS/RPI-LIKE SITES AND HAVE A 21-4 RECORD!!!!!!!!! YEAH, YOU’RE RIGHT WE ARE FALLING HARD AND ARE OVERRATED.

        –WOLVERINE

  • Craig

    We’ll see how they recover from this huge embarrassment.

    • Lebster

      How about another loss but by fewer points?

      • http://n/a WOLVERINE

        ^Lebster^,

        2/17/2013, @Home == W, 79-71
        #4 Michigan vs. (–) Penn State

        ****^^^^GET THAT ~!@!#$@@#^$%!@#$!~~~ SHIT OUTTA HERE!!!!!^^^^****

        I SUGGEST YOU SPEND LESS TIME WORRYING ABOUT (DON’T YOU WORRY, WE WILL BE FINE) MICHIGAN (THOUGH, WE ARE FLATTERED) AND MORE TIME WORRYING ABOUT YOUR OWN TEAM KNOWN AS MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS WHO ARE ABOUT TO UNDERGO THE EQUIVALENT OF OUR BRUTAL ULTRA-TOUGH 4-GAME GAUNTLET STRETCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        BUT WHATEVER.

        –WOLVERINE