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Thursday, January 21, 2010

A win's a win: Thumping Iowa

Well, there is one good reason to lead another team by 19 points with 10 minutes to go... that might just be enough to hang on to win.

It was the case last night, as #6 Michigan State hit clutch free throws by Delvon Roe and Draymond Green in the final minutes to eek out a 70-63 victory over Iowa and remain undefeated at 6-0 in Big Ten play. MSU had an amazing 24 assists to 28 baskets, but a bulk of their 15 turnovers committed were when Iowa was making its run to cut the lead all the way to three points with 2 minutes left.

Who was the best player on the court? Either Raymar Morgan (16 points on 7-11 shooting, 3 rebs, 2 asts, 1 stl, 1 blk, 3 TOs) or Draymond Green (9 points, 11 rebs, 2 asts, 1 stl, 2 blks).

What was the problem? Guard play was inconsistent, particularly late in the game. MSU guards combined for 15-38 shooting (39.5%), 2-11 threes (18.1%), only 2 of 2 FTs. Just two free throws from the guards ain't good enough. However, a key stat was the guards providing 17 assists to 7 TOs, which is a nice 2.43-1 ratio.

Up next? 12-5/3-3 Minnesota at Noon EST on Saturday. Minny's last game was a 81-78 loss to Indiana in OT last Sunday. That's a whole week off for them to prepare for the Big Green. Let's see what they got.

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