March 1, 2011
The Opening Tip
On a night in which Michigan State will honor the 2011 senior class in a post-game ceremony, the Spartans close out the home schedule against Iowa. Kalin Lucas, Durrell Summers and Mike Kebler will wrap up their career in the next month as one of the most successful senior classes in school history, having already collected 102 wins, winning two Big Ten regular-season titles and advancing to back-to-back Final Fours.
The Starting Five
1. Quite A Class
Spartan seniors Kalin Lucas, Durrell Summers and Mike Kebler have won 102 games in their careers. That total ranks as the sixth winningest class in school history. With one more win, the 2011 class will tie the 2009 class for fifth with 103 wins. The 2001 class is the winningest class in school history with 115 victories. The class of 2011 captured back-to-back Big Ten Championships and advanced to two straight Final Fours in 2009 and 2010, reaching the title game in Detroit in 2009.
2. Kalin Lucas
Kalin Lucas will end his career as one of the most productive offensive players in school history. Just the 13th player in MSU history to be a two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection (2009 & 2010), Lucas was selected Big Ten Player of the Year in 2009, averaging 14.7 points and 4.6 assists as a sophomore. Last season, Lucas averaged 14.8 points, earning All-District and honorable mention All-America honors. He tore his left Achilles in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament, but has returned to start every game this year. As his health has improved, so too has his production, to the points where he's averaging 21.6 points in the last nine games. He currently ranks sixth in MSU history with 1,886 points, and is two made free throws away from tying Paul Davis (477) for the MSU career lead.
3. Durrell Summers
Durrell Summers has appeared in 139 games over the course of his Spartan career, starting 61. He's averaged 9.0 points over his career, including a personal-best 11.9 points this season. He averaged 4.9 points as a freshman and 8.6 as a sophomore, before averaging 11.3 points as a junior. He was named Most Outstanding Player of the 2010 NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional, and averaged 18.8 points in five tournament games. With 153 made 3-pointers for his career, he ranks sixth in MSU history.
4. Mike Kebler
Mike Kebler has appeared in 69 games, starting three, all of which came in the last three contests. After playing in 17 games for his first two seasons, he appeared in 25 as a junior. He emerged as a key defensive reserve in the final two months of the season, averaging 5.0 minutes in MSU's run to the 2010 Final Four. This season, he's averaging 8.7 minutes and 1.4 points per game, including 2.8 points and 18.2 minutes over the last nine contests. He's a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, a two-time recipient of MSU's Scholar-Athlete Award and the 2008 recipient of the Tim Bograkos Walk-On Award.
5. Winning The Close Ones
Twelve of Michigan State's 28 games have been decided by five points or less, with the Spartans going 8-4 in those contests. In league play, MSU is 6-2 in Big Ten games decided by five points or less.
MSU vs. Iowa Notes
Michigan State leads the all-time series with Iowa, 62-53, including a 40-17 advantage in games played in East Lansing. The Spartans have won 15 straight in the Breslin Center. MSU has won 19 of the last 27 meetings. Tom Izzo is 20-9 in his career against Iowa.
Fran McCaffery (Penn, '82) is 261-195 in his 15th season as a Division I head coach, including 10-18 in his first season at Iowa. McCaffery came to Iowa City from Siena, where he led the Saints to three straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships and NCAA Tournament appearances. In so doing, Siena became the the only program in the country to win its regular season and postseason conference titles the last three years. His head coaching career also includes a six-year stint at UNC Greensboro (1999-2005) and a three seasons at Lehigh (1985-88).
The Last Meeting
Iowa defeated Michigan State, 72-52, on Feb. 2 in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes jumped out to a 30-8 lead with 7:41 left in the first half. Iowa held a 41-20 halftime lead after shooting 65.5 percent in the first half, compared to 24.1 percent for MSU. From the 16:57 mark until 9:06, the Hawkeyes connected on 10 straight field goals. For the game, Iowa shot 57.7 percent and held MSU to 33.9 percent. The Hawkeyes held a 32-31 edge on the glass and forced 17 Spartan turnovers. Kalin Lucas led MSU with 17 points, while Iowa's Matt Gatens led all scorers with 19. Bryce Cartwright scored 12 and dished out 10 assists.
The Last Meeting In East Lansing
Michigan State defeated Iowa, 70-63, on Jan. 20, 2010, in East Lansing. Trailing 19-14 with 10:39 left in the first half, Michigan State exploded for a 15-0 run over the next 4:10, as part of a 21-4 spurt to close the period, taking a 35-23 lead into the half. MSU pushed the lead up to 19 points midway through the second half, but Iowa battled back and pulled within three points in the final minute. Raymar Morgan led MSU with 16 points, while Matt Gatens led all scorers with 17 points. MSU out-rebounded Iowa, 41-33. The win gave MSU its first ever 6-0 start in league play.
Junior guard Bryce Cartwright leads the Big Ten in assists in conference games (6.88 apg). He has registered eight assists or more in seven of the last nine games ... Senior Jarryd Cole ranks second in the conference in field-goal percentage in league contests (.642) ... Freshman Melsahn Basabe paces the conference in offensive rebounds in league games (3.19 orpg) ... Basabe ranks among the national freshman leaders with four 20-point, 10-rebound games this season. Five of Basabe's six double-doubles have come during Big Ten play.
Gm. 28 Notes Purdue 67 - Michigan State 47
* For the third consecutive game, Kalin Lucas was the only Spartan to score in double figures, leading MSU with 23 points.
* Although he did not score, Keith Appling grabbed a season-high seven rebounds.
* Michigan State made a season-low one 3-pointer.
* The Spartans converted on 8-of-11 free throws in the first half, but could not get to the foul line in the second half.
* Six different Spartans blocked one shot, including Delvon Roe, who tied Matt Steigenga for second on the MSU career blocked shots list (97).
MSU Basketball Notes
Playing The Best
Michigan State's strength of schedule is ranked No. 2 in the nation by the Sagarin Ratings, No. 5 by RealTimeRPI.com and No. 6 by ESPN.com Inside RPI. The Spartans have played 20 games against the Inside RPI Top 100, ranking tied for most in the nation, and nine games against the RPI Top 25, ranking tied for sixth most. Eight of MSU's 12 losses have come against the RPI Top 17, and 11 of the 12 have come against the RPI Top 60. In addition, MSU has three wins against the RPI Top 50 and nine against the Top 100. (Through games of Feb. 28)
A Tale Of Two Defenses
Through the first five conference games, MSU was holding opponents to .393 shooting from the field, including .353 from 3-point range. In the next six games, conference opponents shot .543, including .505 from behind the arc. In the last five games, MSU has shown signs of returning to its early season form, allowing Purdue, Minnesota, Illinois, Penn State and Ohio State to shoot just .405 from the field and .346 from 3-point range, scoring 60.0 points per game. Those totals would lead the league in scoring defense and rank third in field-goal percentage defense if they held true throughout conference play. MSU is 8-3 when holding league opponents below 50 percent shooting from the field.
He's Back And Getting Stronger
It's been a long rehab process since tearing his left Achilles in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, but Kalin Lucas appears to have returned to the form of a two-time All-Big Ten performer. He is averaging team bests in both scoring (16.7 points) and minutes (32.8 minutes), and has scored in double figures in 18 of his last 19 games, averaging 17.9 points in that stretch. In his last nine games, Lucas is averaging 21.6 points and 37.6 mpg, playing a possible 338 of 365 minutes. Statistically, it's the best nine-game scoring stretch of his career.
MSU's Mr. Everything
Junior Draymond Green is one of the nation's most versatile players. He leads the team in rebounding (8.4 rpg), steals (1.8 spg), assists (4.0 apg) and 3-point field-goal percentage (.390), and ranks second in blocks (1.1 bpg) and scoring (12.4). Green ranks second in the Big Ten in steals, third in rebounding, ninth in assists, 10th in blocks and 15th in 3-point field-goal percentage. In 11 games this season, Green has led MSU in both rebounding and assists. Green is MSU's active leader with 16 double-doubles, including eight this season. Against Penn State (15 pts., 14 reb., 10 ast.), he became just the third player in Spartan history to record a triple-double. He's led MSU in rebounding in 20 games, assists in 14 games, and scoring in four games.
Balanced Scoring Is Key
Michigan State is at its best when it's getting offensive production from several sources. The Spartans are 13-6 when three or more players score in double figures, compared to just 3-6 when two or fewer players score in double figures. When a fourth Spartan scores 10 or more, MSU is 7-0. Kalin Lucas has scored in double figures in 15 of 16 league contests, while Draymond Green has done it on 11 occasions, with Durrell Summers scoring 10 or more points in seven of 15 league contests.
Delvon's Block Party
With 97 blocks for his career, Delvon Roe is tied with Matt Steigenga for second in MSU career history, trailing only Drew Naymick (134). With 33 blocks for the season, he is tied with Idong Ibok (2007, 33) for ninth on the MSU single-season chart, needing two to tie Kevin Wills (1983, 35), George Papadakos (1988, 35) and himself (2010, 35) for sixth.
Lucas At The Foul Line
Kalin Lucas is making a run at becoming the MSU career leader in free throws made. He currently ranks third with 475 made free throws, just one behind Sam Vincent (476) and two behind MSU career leader Paul Davis (477). Lucas also ranks third in MSU history with 600 free throw attempts, 14 behind Steve Smith (614) and 25 behind MSU career leader Paul Davis (625).
Home Sweet Home
During Tom Izzo's career as head coach, the Spartans are 219-29 (.883) at home, including 196-20 (.907) over the last 14 years. MSU is 11-3 at home this season.
A Rare Commodity
Draymond Green is one of just seven players on the 345 Division I teams to lead his squad in both rebounding and assists. In fact, he is one of just three players in the six major conferences to lead his team in both categories, joining Georgia Tech's Iman Shumpert (6.1 rpg, 3.5 apg) and Florida's Chandler Parsons (7.7 rpg, 3.7 apg). Green currently averages 8.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists. (Through games of Feb. 28).
Lending A Helping Hand
Michigan State averages 15.04 assists per game, led by Draymond Green at 4.0. With 112 assists on the season, Green needs one assist to surpass his total from last year, which was a MSU single-season record for a non-guard. Alan Anderson (2003, 104 assists) is the only other frontcourt player to record 100 assists in a single season.
Late Game Heroics
Michigan State has proven that it can win a game even when trailing late. In four of MSU's eight Big Ten wins, the Spartans have trailed in the game's final three minutes. The most notable comeback came against Wisconsin in the Breslin Center, where MSU trailed by nine points with 2:37 left. The Spartans had similar magic in wins over Northwestern and Indiana at home, and at Minnesota. In a fifth Big Ten win, MSU and Illinois were tied with 2:53 left. In the non-conference, MSU defeated a ranked Washington squad after trailing in the final three minutes.
The Spartans average 13.6 turnovers per contest. It's an area where MSU has shown improvement lately, as the Spartans have committed 11 turnovers or fewer in 11 of the last 19 games, averaging 11.7 in that stretch, compared to 17.8 in the first nine games. MSU is averaging just 11.8 turnovers in conference action. MSU is 9-3 when the opponent commits more turnovers or turnovers are equal and 7-9 when it has more turnovers than the opponent.
Tough Non-Conference Slate
MSU's four non-conference losses were to teams with a combined record of 95-22 (through Feb. 28) and that are all currently ranked in the Top 16 of the AP Top 25. In addition, the Spartans defeated a Washington squad that has been ranked for most of the season.
Michigan State is 3-0 in overtime games this season, with all three coming at home against league opponents. This is the first time since the 2003-04 season the Spartans have played in three or more overtime contests. It's the first time since 1981-82 that MSU has won three overtime games, and the first time ever in program history that MSU has recorded three overtime home wins.
It's All About Boardwork
This year, Michigan State has out-rebounded 16 of 28 opponents, including 15 of the last 24, posting a +3.7 margin. The Spartans are 11-5 when out-rebounding their opponent, and 5-7 when failing to do so. In conference games, MSU ranks second in the Big Ten with a +3.4 margin. MSU has led the nation in rebounding margin in four of the last 11 seasons, including each of the last two, posting a +9.3 margin in 2009 and a +8.6 margin in 2010. The Spartans have led the Big Ten in rebounding margin in 11 of the last 13 years. In the Tom Izzo era, MSU has out-rebounded 412 of 538 opponents (.766), posting a 325-87 (.789) mark in those games.
Becoming A Defensive Stopper
Delvon Roe has turned himself into one of the premier defenders in the Big Ten and a candidate 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 three of the league's top four scorers, Jon Leuer, John Shurna and JaJuan Johnson. 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 in East Lansing, Roe limited the talented Badger to 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting. Johnson scored 20 points in West Lafayette, but most came when Roe was not guarding him. A closer look at the games shows the following results by the premier inside scorers when being guarded by Roe: Shurna (2 games) - 5 points (2-of-12 FG); Leuer - 6 points (2-of-6 FG); Johnson - 7 points (2-of-7 FG).
Moving Up The Scoring Chart
Kalin Lucas ranks sixth in MSU career scoring with 1,886 points. The Spartan senior needs 29 points to pass Jay Vincent (1,914 points) for fifth place in MSU history.
Freshman guard Keith Appling is rounding into a standout freshman, both offensively and defensively. He's started 18 of the last 19 games for the Spartans, averaging 5.6 points and 25.1 minutes. He's also shooting .424 from the field, including .340 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.
Starting Lineup Shakeups
Michigan State has used nine 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 10 of 16 Big Ten games. Lucas is the only Spartan to start every game this season.
Holding Down Top Scorers
Michigan State has done a solid job defensively on some of the league's top scorers. In two games, MSU has held Northwestern's John Shurna to 8.5 ppg on 3-of-21 shooting. In University Park, MSU held Penn State's Talor Battle to 13 points on 3-of-14 shooting. Battle did score 19 points in East Lansing, but hit just 7-of-20 shots, including 3-of-11 from 3-point range. In East Lansing, the Spartans limited Wisconsin's Jon Leuer to 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting. Recently, MSU held Ohio State's Jared Sullinger to 11 points on 3-of-8 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.
Michigan State's top three scorers (Kalin Lucas - 16.7 ppg, Draymond Green - 12.4 ppg and Durrell Summers -11.9 ppg) are all from the state of Michigan. The trio combines for 41.0 points per game. Green is a Saginaw native, while Lucas and Summers are from Detroit. They are joined in the starting lineup by another Michigan native, freshman Keith Appling, the 2010 Michigan Mr. Basketball Award winner from Detroit.
Solid Defensive Effort
Michigan State is holding teams to 66.8 points per game and allowing opponents to shoot just 42.5 percent from the field, including 37.8 percent from 3-point range. MSU has held nine opponents below 40 percent and 11 have topped 45 percent, including five above 50 percent, as MSU has out-shot its opponent in 16 of 28 contests. Statistically, MSU ranks second in blocks (4.82 bpg) and fifth in the conference in steals (6.71 spg), while Draymond Green ranks second in the Big Ten in steals (1.82 spg).
Lucas In Exclusive Club
With 1,886 career points and 536 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 4.82 blocks per game. In conference action, MSU ranks second with 4.94 blocks per game, thanks in part 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 33 blocks, followed by Draymond Green with 31. With 23 blocks, Adreian Payne ranks third all-time among Spartan freshmen, one behind Andre Hutson and six behind Delvon Roe.
Spartans From Distance
Michigan State is shooting .346 from 3-point range this season, ranking eighth in the Big Ten. Four different Spartans have knocked down 25 or more 3-pointers led by Durrell Summers with 54. Draymond Green is shooting a team-best .390 from 3-point range, as all four Spartans hitting 25 or more threes are shooting 36 percent or better (Lucas - .371, Summers - .365, Appling - .357). As a team, MSU ranks eighth in the Big Ten with 6.29 3-pointers per game, after finishing last in the conference last season (5.1).
MSU's Detroit Duo
Michigan State's senior duo of Kalin Lucas and Durrell Summers, both from Detroit, rank in the top three on the Spartans in scoring. Lucas (16.7 ppg) and Summers (11.9 ppg) combine to average 28.6 points per game. The two guards have teamed up together since AAU basketball in middle school.
Durrell From Downtown
Durrell Summers leads the Spartans in 3-point field goals made (54) and attempted (148), while ranking fourth in percentage (.365). He ranks 11th in the Big Ten in 3-point field goals made per game (1.93). His 54 made 3-pointers are a personal best for a single season. With 153 career 3-pointers, Summers ranks sixth in MSU history.
Dealing With Injury
One of the 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.
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 1,253 points for his career, he ranks 24th in MSU history, needing 23 points to pass Quinton Brooks for 23rd (1,275 points).
In The Rankings
Seven different Spartan opponents are ranked in at least one of the two polls, including Ohio State (1 AP/1 USA Today), Duke (t-4/4), Purdue (6/6), Texas (7/8), Wisconsin (10/10), Syracuse (12/12), and Connecticut (16/16).
Sherman Hits The Mark
Garrick Sherman is shooting a strong .700 from the field this season. Since opening the season with a 3-of-6 effort, Sherman has hit 39 of his last 54. 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 6.4 points and 5.2 rebounds on the season.
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 (Charlotte Bobcats), 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 380-158 (.706), and 182-84 (.684) 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 .684 winning percentage in Big Ten games ranks third all-time among league coaches with at least 10 years of service, behind former Indiana coach Bob Knight (.700) and Purdue's Ward Lambert (.685). In all games, Knight ranks first at .734, followed by Wisconsin's Walter Meanwell (.712), Lambert (.709) and Izzo (.706). With 182 conference victories, Izzo ranks tied for sixth 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.