Jan. 10, 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
The Opening Tip
Michigan State hosts Wisconsin as the Spartans look to bounce back from a weekend loss at Penn State. MSU has played eight of its first 15 games away from home and Tuesday's contest will mark the first in front of the Izzone in over a month (Dec. 4).
The Starting Five
1. Big Ten Defense
In conference games, MSU leads the Big Ten in field-goal percentage defense, holding opponents to .378 shooting from the field. The Spartans also rank third in the conference in scoring defense in league games, allowing 63.3 points per contest. MSU leads the league in blocks (7.3 bpg) and ranks second in steals (6.7 spg) in league games.
2. Too Many Turnovers
One of Michigan State's early season issues has been turnovers, as the Spartans average 15.1 per contest. MSU opponents are averaging 15.0 points per game off turnovers, compared to just 13.9 points for the Spartans. Michigan State is 5-0 when the opponent commits more turnovers and 5-5 when it has more turnovers than the opponent. The Spartans have committed 11 turnovers or fewer in four of the last six games, averaging 11.2 in that stretch. MSU is averaging just 11.0 turnovers in conference action.
3. Lucas Closes In On Exclusive Club
With 1,633 career points and 496 career assists, Kalin Lucas is on the verge of joining an exclusive club. He needs four assists to become just the fourth Spartan to total 1,500 career points and 500 career assists, joining Scott Skiles (2,145 pts., 645 asts.), Mateen Cleaves (1,541 pts., 816 asts.) and Drew Neitzel (1,534 pts., 582 asts.).
4. Holding Down Top Scorers
Michigan State has done a solid job defensively on the league's top two scorers. First, MSU held Northwestern's John Shurna, currently averaging 20.4 ppg, to 11 points on 1-of-11 shooting. Most recently, MSU held Penn State's Talor Battle, averaging 20.5 ppg, to 13 points on 3-of-14 shooting.
5. Durrell From Downtown
Durrell Summers leads the Spartans in 3-point field goals made (38), attempted (88) and percentage (.432). Summers has made four or more three pointers in five of the last eight games and three or more in six of the last eight games. He ranks fifth in the Big Ten in 3-point field goals made per game (2.53) and 12th in percentage (.432). Summers needs just seven more 3-pointers to tie his single-season high of 45, established as a sophomore.
MSU vs. Wisconsin Notes
Michigan State leads the all-time series with Wisconsin, 68-59, including a 43-14 advantage in games played in East Lansing. The home team has won the last 10 games played on a college campus.
Bo Ryan (Wilkes, `69) is 612-188 in his 27th season as a collegiate head coach, including 229-85 in his 10th year at Wisconsin. Prior to his arrival in Madison, Ryan coached at UW-Milwaukee for two years (1999-2001) and at UW-Platteville for 15 seasons (1984-99), winning four Division III National Championships.
The Last Meeting In East Lansing
Michigan State won a hard-fought 54-47 contest vs. Wisconsin on Jan. 6, 2010, in East Lansing. Both teams shot below 30 percent in the first half as MSU held a 22-20 lead at the break. The Spartans couldn't shake the Badgers, as Wisconsin tied the score five times in the second half, but could never take the lead. A Jon Leuer 3-pointer cut MSU's lead to one at 39-38 with 9:14 left. On the Spartans' next possession, Draymond Green got a layup off a pick-and-roll with Kalin Lucas. After a Badger miss, Korie Lucious attempted a jumper from the top of the key. The shot missed, but Green was there for the tip-in, pushing MSU's lead to 43-38. The Spartans shot 50 percent in the second half. Chris Allen led MSU with 16 points, while Jon Leuer paced UW with 21 points. MSU's four guards (Allen, Lucas, Lucious and Durrell Summers) combined for 20 rebounds, as the Spartans out-boarded the Badgers, 41-27.
The Last Meeting
Wisconsin defeated Michigan State, 67-49, on Feb. 2, 2010, in Madison, Wis. The Badgers were hot early and surged to a 38-23 lead at the half, shooting 55.6 percent from the field. MSU pulled within eight in the second half, but could not get any closer, shooting just 37.0 percent from the field. Jason Bohannon led Wisconsin with 19 points, while Jordan Taylor added 17. Durrell Summers was the only Spartan in double-figures with 11. Kalin Lucas suffered an ankle injury midway through the second half, that would force him to miss the following game as well. Wisconsin held a 17-4 advantage in points off turnovers.
Wisconsin leads the Big Ten in scoring defense (55.2 ppg), free-throw percentage (.804) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.81) ... Guard Jordan Taylor leads the Big Ten with a remarkable 4.24 assist-to-turnover ratio ... Forward Jon Leuer ranks fourth in the Big Ten in scoring (19.3 ppg) and sixth in rebounding (7.3 rpg) ... Wisconsin commits just 8.1 turnovers per game, including just 4.3 in conference games.
Gm. 15 Notes Penn State 66 - Michigan State 62
* Each team committed just four turnovers in the first half, but in the second half, MSU committed seven, compared to just two for PSU.
* MSU lost for the first time ever when Durrell Summers scored 20 or more points, dropping to 11-1 all-time.
* MSU's defense held Talor Battle, the Big Ten's leading scorer, to 13 points on 3-of-14 shooting, including 1-of-8 from 3-point range.
* Draymond Green led MSU in both rebounding (10) and assists (6) in the same game for the sixth time this season.
* MSU shot 46.7 percent in the first half, including 50.0 percent from 3-point range, but fell to 36.0 percent, including 18.2 percent from behind the arc, in the second.
* Kalin Lucas started his 100th career game.
MSU Basketball Notes
Home Sweet Home
During Tom Izzo's career as head coach, the Spartans are 214-27 (.888) at home, including 191-18 (.914) over the last 14 years.
Tough Non-Conference Slate
During the non-conference schedule, Michigan State played five teams that have been ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 at some point this year. MSU's four non-conference losses have come to teams with a combined record of 55-5 and that are all currently ranked in the top 12 of the AP Top 25.
Starting Lineup Shakeups
Michigan State has used five different starting lineups this season. The lineup of Durrell Summers, Kalin Lucas, Keith Appling, Draymond Green and Delvon Roe has started all three Big Ten games. Lucas and Summers are the only two Spartans to start every game this season.
Moving Up The Scoring Chart
Kalin Lucas ranks 10th in MSU career scoring with 1,633 points. The Spartan senior needs 85 points to pass Mike Robinson (1,717 points) for ninth place and 86 points to pass Paul Davis (1,718 points) for eighth place in MSU history.
Solid Defensive Effort
Michigan State is turning in a strong defensive effort this season, holding teams to 65.9 points per game and allowing opponents to shoot just 39.3 percent from the field, including 34.9 percent from 3-point range. MSU has held six opponents below 40 percent and just four have topped 45 percent. No Spartan opponent has shot better than 50 percent, as MSU has out-shot its opponent in 12 of 15 contests. Statistically, MSU ranks third in the conference in steals (7.87 spg) and second in blocks (5.20 bpg), while Draymond Green paces the league in steals (1.93 spg).
Kalin Lucas tore his left Achilles in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament. He then put off surgery for a week to attend the Midwest Regional, cheering on his teammates to the Final Four. Since then, he spent the summer rehabbing daily for hours on end. Lucas has started the season on a strong note, averaging 14.3 points in a team-best 29.8 minutes. He was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Nov. 29, averaging 20.5 points over four games.
MSU's Mr. Everything
Junior Draymond Green is one of the nation's most versatile players. He leads the team in rebounding (8.9 rpg), steals (1.9 spg) and blocks (1.3 bpg), second in assists (4.0 apg), and third in scoring (11.7) and 3-point field-goal percentage (.400). Green leads the conference in steals and ranks third in rebounding, 10th in blocks and 11th in assists. In six games this season, Green has led MSU in both rebounding and assists. Green has stated a goal of trying to become just the third player in school history to record a triple-double (Earvin Johnson, Charlie Bell). Green is MSU's active leader with 13 double-doubles in his career, including five this season.
Michigan State ranks second in the Big Ten in all games with 5.20 blocks per game. In conference action, MSU leads the conference with 7.3 blocks per game through the first three contests, thanks to a 12-block effort at Northwestern. The 12 blocks rank as the second-greatest single-game total in school history. Freshman guard Keith Appling blocked five shots against the Wildcats, equaling the fourth-best single-game total in school history, and the best ever for a Spartan guard. Draymond Green leads the Spartans with 20 blocks, followed by Delvon Roe with 18.
MSU's Detroit Duo
Michigan State's senior duo of Durrell Summers and Kalin Lucas, both from Detroit, rank one-two on the Spartans in scoring. Summers (15.6 ppg) and Lucas (14.3 ppg) combine to average 29.9 points per game. The two guards have been AAU teammates since middle school.
Spartans From Distance
Michigan State is shooting .385 from 3-point range this season, ranking fifth in the Big Ten. The Spartans' best 3-point percentage under Tom Izzo is .401, established by the 2003-04 squad. Five different Spartans have knocked down 13 or more 3-pointers led by Durrell Summers, with 38. Summers is also shooting a team-best .432 from 3-point range, as four of the five Spartans hitting 13 or more threes are shooting better than 39 percent (Lucas - .426, Green - .400, Appling - .394). As a team, MSU ranks seventh in the Big Ten with 7.33 3-pointers per game, after finishing last in the conference last season (5.1).
It's All About Boardwork
Michigan State has led the nation in rebounding margin in each of the last two seasons, posting a +9.3 margin in 2009 and a +8.6 margin in 2010. The Spartans have led the nation in rebounding margin in four of the last 11 years. MSU has led the Big Ten in rebounding margin in 11 of the last 13 years. In the Tom Izzo era, MSU has out-rebounded 406 of 525 opponents (.773), posting a 322-84 (.793) mark in those games. This year, MSU has out-rebounded nine of 15 opponents, including eight of the last 11, posting a +3.7 margin. The Spartans are 7-2 when out-rebounding their opponent, and 3-3 when failing to do so.
Big Ten Strength
Six different Big Ten teams are currently ranked in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25, including Ohio State (No. 2), Purdue (No. 8), Illinois (No. 16), Wisconsin (No. 21), Michigan State (No. 24) and Minnesota (No. 25). The Big Ten (6) trails only the BIG EAST (7) for number of ranked teams. The last time that MSU played five different ranked schools during league play came during the 1999 season when the Spartans played six different ranked league opponents. Last season, MSU played six games against four ranked league opponents.
In 2009-10, seven Spartans averaged more than 20 minutes per game, while nine averaged 7.2 minutes per contest. This season, 10 different Spartans have averaged 8.6 minutes or more. MSU's bench is out-scoring opponents' reserves by 9.9 points per game (23.4 ppg-13.5 ppg), out-scoring the opponents' bench in 12 of 15 games this season.
Dealing With Injury
One of the early storylines for the 2010-11 Spartans will be how they deal with injuries and how different players battle back from injury. Many different players missed significant time in the offseason due to injury. Most notably, Kalin Lucas is attempting to come back from an Achilles injury suffered in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament against Maryland. Shortly after the season concluded in April, Delvon Roe had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. Garrick Sherman had screws removed from his foot, left over from a high school injury. Freshman center Adreian Payne separated his shoulder late in his high school senior season and missed several months. Fellow freshman Russell Byrd suffered a broken foot in May, and when the foot never fully healed, he underwent a second surgery in early October. Austin Thornton suffered a back injury that kept him out of action for several weeks. Even Durrell Summers suffered a mild knee sprain and missed an opportunity to work with the USA Basketball Select Team. Korie Lucious missed a couple weeks in early October after surgery to fix a torn meniscus.
Big Ten Even Stronger
While MSU's non-conference slate is rough, the Big Ten schedule is even tougher, as the conference will feature its strongest lineup in decades. Five different league schools (Michigan State, Illinois, Ohio State, Purdue and Minnesota) are ranked in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25, while Wisconsin received votes.
Big Ten Favorites
Michigan State was selected as the preseason conference favorite for the 2010-11 season, as voted on by a panel of media. Ohio State and Purdue were picked to finish second and third, respectively. 2009 Big Ten Player of the Year Kalin Lucas was tabbed as Preseason Player of the Year.
In The Rankings
Michigan State is currently ranked No. 24 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top 25 Poll. 10 different Spartan opponents are ranked in at least one of the two polls, including Duke (1 AP/1 USA Today), Ohio State (2/2), Syracuse (4/4), Purdue (8/8), Connecticut (10/9), Texas (12/14), lllinois (16/16), Washington (17/18) Wisconsin (20/21) and Minnesota (-/25).
Sherman Hits The Mark
Garrick Sherman is shooting a strong .681 from the field this season. Since opening the season with a 3-of-6 effort, Sherman has hit 29 of his last 41. At one point, he connected on 10 straight shots this season.
Acting The Part
November 16 proved to be an especially busy day for Delvon Roe. At 7:30 p.m., the theatre major played the role of "Charles the Wrestler" in William Shakespeare's "As You Like It" put on by the MSU Department of Theatre at the Wharton Center. At 10 p.m., he resumed his normal role of starting power forward for the Spartans, playing one of his best games at MSU, recording 15 points, five rebounds and six assists. Roe also performed on stage on Nov. 17 and 18 prior to leaving for Maui. Feeling his healthiest since before injuring his knee in the first game of his senior year of high school, Roe is averaging 7.2 points and 5.7 rebounds on the season. Roe's increased movement has also benefited him on the defensive end, where he's able to play some on the perimeter. For example, he helped hold Duke All-American Kyle Singler to 5-of-14 shooting. Roe has grabbed nine or more rebounds in three of the last four games.
Summers Reaches 1,000
Durrell Summers became the 41st player to top 1,000 career points with his 21-point effort vs. Tennessee Tech. With 1,153 points for his career, he needs three to pass Lindsay Hairston (1,155 points) for 32nd and 24 to pass Lee Lafayette (1,176 points) for 31st in MSU history.
Seniors Kalin Lucas and Durrell Summers have been named preseason candidates for the John R. Wooden and Naismith Awards. Lucas is also a candidate for the Cousy Award, presented to the nation's top point guard.
Quite A Class Already
Although they have played just three-plus seasons, Spartan seniors Kalin Lucas, Durrell Summers and Mike Kebler have won 96 games in their careers. That total already ranks as the eighth winningest class in school history. The 2008 class ranks seventh with 98 wins. If the Spartans win 29 games this season, they will equal the 2001 class (115) as the most successful group in school history.
Michigan State's roster features four freshmen: Keith Appling, Russell Byrd, Alex Gauna and Adreian Payne. Appling was a high school teammate of Derrick Nix at Pershing High School, capturing the Class A state title in 2009. Individually, he was a 2010 McDonald's All-American and winner of the 2010 Hal Schram Mr. Basketball Award. Byrd is an outstanding perimeter shooter from Fort Wayne, Ind., who averaged 23.2 points and 10.1 rebounds as a senior. However, he broke his foot in May, and when it did not heal fully, he underwent a second surgery in October. Gauna is a skilled big man from Eaton Rapids, Mich. Gauna was a 2010 Class B All-State honoree after averaging 21.9 points, 11.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocks as a senior. Payne led Jefferson Township High School to the 2010 Ohio Division IV state championship, averaging 15.6 points, 11.3 rebounds and 4.0 blocked shots as a senior. An extremely talented and athletic forward, Payne was one of the top 25 players in America as a senior.
Spartans In The NBA
Five former Spartans are currently on NBA rosters, including Charlie Bell (Golden State Warriors), Shannon Brown (Los Angeles Lakers), Morris Peterson (Oklahoma City Thunder), Zach Randolph (Memphis Grizzlies) and Jason Richardson (Orlando Magic). Brown is a key reserve guard for the Lakers and has been a major contributor on back-to-back NBA Championship squads. Randolph was selected as a reserve for the 2010 NBA All-Star Game. Richardson has averaged more than 18 points per game over the course of his 10-year career.
The Book On Tom Izzo
In his 16th year, Tom Izzo (Northern Michigan, '77) is 374-151 (.712), and 176-77 (.696) in the Big Ten, as the coach of the Michigan State basketball program. He ranks as the winningest coach in Michigan State history, having passed his mentor Jud Heathcote with his 341st career victory on Nov. 28, 2009 . In his 15 seasons as a head coach, Izzo has won National Coach of the Year honors four times, including the Clair Bee Award in 2005 and NABC honors in 2001. In 1999, Izzo was named National Coach of the year by Basketball Times, while earning similar honors from The Associated Press, Basketball News and the USBWA in '98. He earned Big Ten Coach of the Year honors in 1998 and 2009.
Among The Big Ten's Best
Tom Izzo's .696 winning percentage in Big Ten games ranks second all-time among league coaches with at least 10 years of service, behind former Indiana coach Bob Knight (.700) and ahead of Purdue's Ward Lambert (.685). In all games, Knight ranks first at .734, followed by Izzo (.712), Wisconsin's Walter Meanwell (.712) and Lambert (.709). With 176 conference victories, Izzo ranks seventh all-time.
Izzo Among Best Ever
Through his first 15 seasons, Tom Izzo won 364 games, ranking seventh in college basketball history for most wins by a college coach in his first 15 years.
Izzo's Coaching Tree
Five current Division I head coaches all served as assistants to Tom Izzo, including Jim Boylen (Utah), Tom Crean (Indiana), Brian Gregory (Dayton), Stan Heath (South Florida) and Doug Wojcik (Tulsa). Mike Garland served as head coach at Cleveland State for three seasons and Stan Joplin, an assistant during Izzo's first season, spent 12 seasons as head coach at Toledo.