Jan. 21, 2011
The Opening Tip
Michigan State plays its second straight Big Ten road game against a ranked opponent as it travels to Purdue. The Boilermakers and Spartans rank Nos. 1 and 2 in the conference in rebound margin. MSU is making its fifth appearance on ESPN College GameDay, the most among Big Ten schools.
The Starting Five
1. Playing The Best
Michigan State arguably has played the most difficult schedule in the nation this season. According to the ESPN.com Inside RPI, MSU's strength of schedule is ranked No. 4. The Spartans have played a nation's-best seven games against the Inside RPI Top 25, eight games against the Top 50 (tied for second-most in the nation), and 13 against the Top 100, tied with Notre Dame and Tennessee for most in the nation. Six MSU opponents lead either their conference or division (Duke, Texas, Oakland, Washington, South Carolina, Bowling Green). MSU's opponent winning percentage of .678 is second best in the nation, trailing only Tennessee (.690).
2. Appling's Emergence
Freshman guard Keith Appling is rounding into a standout freshman, both offensively and defensively. He's started eight of the last nine games for the Spartans, averaging 6.8 points and 23.1 minutes. He's also shooting .488 from the field, including .444 from 3-point range, in his starts. He scored a season-high 19 points in MSU's home overtime win against Northwestern, scoring five straight points in the extra stanza. Defensively, he's proving to be a stopper on the perimeter. For example, he helped limit Penn State's Talor Battle to 13 points on 3-of-14 shooting.
3. Becoming A Defensive Stopper
Delvon Roe has turned himself into one of the premier defenders in the Big Ten and an early favorite for Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year honors. A combination of strength, great feet and quickness allow him to defend on the interior or the perimeter. In the Big Ten, he's drawn the assignment against two of the league's top four scorers, Jon Leuer and John Shurna. In two games, he's held Shurna to 8.5 ppg on 3-of-21 shooting, including blocking five shots in the second meeting. Against Leuer, Roe limited the talented Badger to 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting. Earlier in the year, he showed the same skills, helping limit Duke All-American Kyle Singler to 5-of-14 shooting and 15 points, three below his average.
4. Big Ten Road Success
One key to Michigan State's back-to-back Big Ten Championships in 2009 and 2010 was its play on the road. Over the last three seasons, the Spartans are 16-5 away from East Lansing. MSU established a school record with eight road wins in 2009, and followed with a 7-2 mark in 2010. Nine of the 16 wins were by double-figures, while five were by five points or less, including back-to-back one-point wins at Minnesota and Michigan in 2010.
5. Limiting Turnovers
The Spartans average 14.6 turnovers per contest. It's an area, however, where MSU has shown improvement lately as the Spartans have committed 11 turnovers or fewer in six of the last nine games, averaging 11.3 in that stretch. MSU is averaging just 11.3 turnovers in conference action. MSU is 7-1 when the opponent commits more turnovers or turnovers are equal and 5-5 when it has more turnovers than the opponent.
MSU vs. Purdue Notes
Purdue leads the all-time series with Michigan State, 63-45, including a 39-15 advantage in games played in West Lafayette. MSU has won 16 of the last 24 games in the series. Tom Izzo is 16-11 in his career against Purdue.
Matt Painter (Purdue, `94) is 153-64 in his seventh season as a collegiate head coach, including 128-59 in his sixth season at Purdue. After one year as head coach at Southern Illinois, he served as associate head coach at Purdue in 2004-05 in Gene Keady's final year as Boilermaker coach.
The Last Meeting
Michigan State defeated Purdue, 53-44, on Feb. 28, 2010, in West Lafayette. The win over the No. 3 Boilermakers marked the highest-ranked Big Ten opponent the Spartans have ever beaten on the road. MSU committed 10 first-half turnovers, but held a 22-14 advantage on the glass and held Purdue to 32.1 percent shooting, to trail by just two at the half, 28-26. The Spartans scored the first six points of the second half to take a lead they would not give up. The MSU defense held Purdue to 27.3 percent shooting in the second half, allowing just six field goals for the half and no points in the game's final 3:23. MSU dominated on the glass by a 46-20 margin, grabbing 16 offensive rebounds, compared to 14 defensive rebounds for Purdue. Purdue grabbed just six offensive rebounds, including only one in the second half and just two in the final 32 minutes of the game. It was the first time that MSU had more rebounds (46) than opponent points (44) since Dec. 19, 2007. Raymar Morgan (16 points, 11 rebounds) and Draymond Green (12 points, 11 rebounds) each posted a double-double. E'Twaun Moore led Purdue with 12 points, but shot just 3-of-13 from the field.
In conference games, Purdue leads the Big Ten in scoring offense (75.0 ppg), rebound margin (+7.2), assists (18.0 apg) and scoring margin (+12.0) ... JaJuan Johnson leads the conference in scoring overall (20.5 ppg) and ranks second in league contests (21.0 ppg) ... Johnson and E'Twaun Moore combine to average 38.1 ppg, ranking as one of the top-five scoring duos in the nation ... JaJuan Johnson is the only active Division I player who has put up 1,500 points, 700 rebounds and 200 blocks ... Guard Ryne Smith is shooting 20-of-33 (.606) from 3-point range in league play, while attempting just three 2-point field goals ... The Boilermakers are 60-8 when both Johnson and Moore score in double figures.
Gm. 18 Notes Illinois 71 - Michigan State 62
* Illinois is the first opponent to shoot over 50 percent from the field (53.2 percent).
* Michigan State lost for the first time this season when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent. The Spartans, however, converted 10 Illini turnovers into just five points, while Illinois turned nine MSU turnovers into 15 points.
* Delvon Roe grabbed a season-best seven offensive rebounds, as MSU tied its season high with 18 offensive boards. The Spartans held a 16-7 edge in second-chance points.
* MSU shot 46.9 percent in the first half, but just 28.1 percent in the second half.
* Illinois made just 1-of-9 field goals in the final 11 minutes, but converted on 10-of-14 foul shots.
* MSU pulled within two points at 59-57 with 8:50 left, but hit just two of its final 18 field-goal attempts after that point.
* The game was the 12th-straight in the series to be decided by 10 points or less.
MSU Basketball Notes
Tough Non-Conference Slate
During the non-conference schedule, Michigan State played five teams that are ranked in the Associated Press Top 25. MSU's four non-conference losses have come to teams with a combined record of 65-7 (through Jan. 20) and that are all currently ranked in the Top 10 of the AP Top 25.
Starting Lineup Shakeups
Michigan State has used six different starting lineups this season, compared to 19 last season. The lineup of Durrell Summers, Kalin Lucas, Keith Appling, Draymond Green and Delvon Roe has started five of six Big Ten games. Lucas is the only Spartan to start every game this season.
Moving Up The Scoring Chart
Kalin Lucas ranks 10th in MSU career scoring with 1,683 points. The Spartan senior needs 35 points to pass Mike Robinson (1,717 points) for ninth place and 36 points to pass Paul Davis (1,718 points) for eighth place in MSU history.
Spartans In January
Over the last few years, Michigan State has been extremely successful in the month of January. Since 2007-08, the Spartans are 26-4 in the first month of the calendar year. Michigan State was a perfect 9-0 in 2010 and 7-1 in 2008 and 2009. For his career, Tom Izzo is 88-36 (.710) in January.
Holding Down Top Scorers
Michigan State has done a solid job defensively on three of the league's top scorers. In two games, MSU has held Northwestern's John Shurna, currently averaging 19.3 ppg, to 8.5 ppg on 3-of-21 shooting. MSU held Penn State's Talor Battle, averaging 20.5 ppg, to 13 points on 3-of-14 shooting. The Spartans limited Wisconsin's Jon Leuer, averaging 19.2 points, to 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting. Delvon Roe deserves much of the credit, as he was the primary defender on both Shurna and Leuer. In the second game vs. Northwestern, Roe tied his career high with five blocks. On the perimeter, freshman Keith Appling has emerged as a defensive force.
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 40.2 percent from the field, including 35.5 percent from 3-point range. MSU has held seven opponents below 40 percent and just six have topped 45 percent, including just one above 50 percent, as MSU has out-shot its opponent in 13 of 18 contests. Statistically, MSU ranks second in blocks (5.06 bpg) and fifth in the conference in steals (7.39 spg), while Draymond Green ranks second in the league in steals (1.88 spg).
Big Ten Defense
In conference games, MSU ranks third in the Big Ten in field-goal percentage defense, holding opponents to .413 shooting from the field. The Spartans also rank fourth in the conference in scoring defense in league games, allowing 64.8 points per contest. MSU ranks second in the league in blocks (5.83 bpg) and tied for third in steals (5.83 spg) in league games.
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 team bests in both scoring (14.7 points) and minutes (30.5 minutes). He was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Nov. 29. Over the last three games, Lucas is averaging 16.7 points, 4.0 assists and 34.0 minutes.
MSU's Mr. Everything
Junior Draymond Green is one of the nation's most versatile players. He leads the team in rebounding (8.7 rpg) and steals (1.8 spg), ranks second in assists (3.9 apg) and blocks (1.3 bpg), and third in 3-point field-goal percentage (.400) and scoring (12.8). Green ranks second in the Big Ten in steals, third in rebounding, 11th in blocks and assists and tied for 15th in 3-point field-goal percentage. In six games this season, Green has led MSU in both rebounding and assists. Green is MSU's active leader with 13 double-doubles in his career, including five this season. He's led MSU in rebounding in 13 games, assists in eight games, and scoring in three games. He was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Jan. 17, after averaging 21.0 ppg and 8.5 rpg in two overtime victories.
Lucas In Exclusive Club
With 1,683 career points and 508 career assists, Kalin Lucas is part of an exclusive club. He is 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.).
Michigan State ranks second in the Big Ten in all games with 5.06 blocks per game. In conference action, MSU also ranks second with 5.83 blocks per game through the first six 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 in the first game against the Wildcats, equaling the fourth-best single-game total in school history, and the best ever for a Spartan guard, while Delvon Roe blocked five shots in the second game vs. NU. Delvon Roe leads the Spartans with 24 blocks, followed by Draymond Green with 23.
Spartans From Distance
Michigan State is shooting .372 from 3-point range this season, ranking sixth in the Big Ten. Five different Spartans have knocked down 18 or more 3-pointers led by Durrell Summers with 41. Keith Appling is shooting a team-best .426 from 3-point range, as four of the five Spartans hitting 18 or more threes are shooting 39 percent or better (Summers - .406, Green - .400, Lucas - .397). As a team, MSU ranks seventh in the Big Ten with 7.17 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 408 of 528 opponents (.773), posting a 323-85 (.792) mark in those games. This year, MSU has out-rebounded 12 of 18 opponents, including 11 of the last 14, posting a +4.4 margin. The Spartans are 9-3 when out-rebounding their opponent, and 3-3 when failing to do so. In conference games, MSU ranks second in the Big Ten with a +5.2 margin.
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. Lucas (14.7 ppg) and Summers (14.1 ppg) combine to average 28.8 points per game. The two guards have been AAU teammates since middle school.
Durrell From Downtown
Durrell Summers leads the Spartans in 3-point field goals made (41) and attempted (101), while ranking third in percentage (.406). Summers has made four or more three pointers in five of the last 11 games and three or more in seven of the last 11. He ranks sixth in the Big Ten in 3-point field goals made per game (2.28). Summers needs just four more 3-pointers to tie his single-season high of 45, established as a sophomore.
Big Ten Strength
Six different Big Ten teams are currently ranked in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25, including Ohio State (No. 1), Purdue (No. 13), Wisconsin (No. 17), Michigan State (No. 18), Minnesota (No. 19) and Illinois (No. 22). 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 8.4 minutes or more. MSU's bench is out-scoring opponents' reserves by 7.6 points per game (21.7 ppg-14.1 ppg), out-scoring the opponents' bench in 13 of 18 games this season.
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 1,173 points for his career, he ranks 32nd in MSU history, needing four to pass Lee Lafayette (1,176 points) for 31st, 11 to pass Shannon Brown (1,183 points) for 30th and 13 to pass Mike Peplowski (1,185 points) for 29th.
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.
Quite A Class Already
Although they have played just three-plus seasons, Spartan seniors Kalin Lucas, Durrell Summers and Mike Kebler have won 98 games in their careers. That total ties for the seventh winningest class in school history with the 2008 class. With three more wins, the 2011 class will tie the 2003 class for sixth with 101 wins. If the Spartans win 29 games this season, they will equal the 2001 class (115) as the most successful group in school history.
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. 17 in the Associated Press Top 25 and No. 18 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top 25 Poll. Ten different Spartan opponents are ranked in at least one of the two polls, including Ohio State (1 AP/1 USA Today), Syracuse (3/3), Duke (4/5), Connecticut (8/8), Texas (10/11), Purdue (14/13), Minnesota (15/19), Wisconsin (18/17), Washington (20/20) and lllinois (t-23/22).
Sherman Hits The Mark
Garrick Sherman is shooting a strong .667 from the field this season. Since opening the season with a 3-of-6 effort, Sherman has hit 29 of his last 42. 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 6.9 points and 5.9 rebounds on the season.
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.
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 376-152 (.712), and 178-78 (.695) 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 .695 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 178 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.