Not much looked good out on the floor of Madison Square Garden for the No. 7 Michigan State Spartans (19-3, 8-1 Big Ten) on Saturday, who were upset by the Georgetown Hoyas (12-9, 3-6) by a score of 64-60.
Not the shooting.
Michigan State could have helped build the house in The Three Little Pigs that doesn’t get blown down by the big bad wolf in the end with all the bricks they shot up on Saturday. Plain and simple though, Michigan State turned into a three-point jump shooting team, which happens sometimes when playing against a zone. The Spartans jacked up 30 three-pointers on Saturday, knocking down nine of them, finishing the game shooting just 40.4 percent from the floor and going just 9 of 16 from the free throw line (56.3 percent).
Not the ball handling skills.
Michigan State turned the ball over 16 times on Saturday, six of which can be credited to sophomore guard Denzel Valentine, who was just trying to do a little too much out there at times.
Not the rebounding.
Michigan State is clearly missing the services of their two leading rebounders in Adreian Payne and Branden Dawson and it showed on Saturday as the Hoyas out-rebounded the Spartans, 35-29.
And definitely not the jerseys.
Contrary to Nike’s belief, Michigan State’s colors are not green/gross looking bronze color. It’s green and white. The school fight song does not go: “Fight for the only colors, green and gross looking bronze color.” No, it doesn’t. Study up, Nike. Seriously. Just do it. (See what I did there).
At the end of the day, Gary Harris is playing some of the best basketball of his college career right now. It’s clear that he is doing all he can to carry the MSU basketball team through the rough stretch of injuries they’re having right now. The sophomore guard from Fishers Ind., finished with 20 points on Saturday but in the end it wasn’t enough to the top the Hoyas, whose balanced attack was led by both senior guard Markel Starks (16 points) and senior forward Nate Lubick (8 points, 6 rebounds).
For Michigan State though, this loss is not something they should hang their heads on too long. A non-league loss in February is not something that is going to hurt them much in the big picture of things. Also a bad loss like this seemed inevitable for a team as injury-riddled as the Spartans are right now.
From here, the MSU basketball team will just need to get those injuries sorted out and get set for their next Big Ten game: at home against the Penn State Nittany Lions on Thursday, Feb. 6.