Nov. 20, 2010
The Opening Tip
Michigan State plays Chaminade to open the 2010 Maui Invitational. The Spartans are making their fourth trip to Maui, and will open against Chaminade for the third straight time. The winner of MSU-CUH will advance to face the winner of the Wichita State-Connecticut contest in the semifinals. Kentucky, Oklahoma, Virginia and Washington make up the other half of the bracket.
The Starting Five
1. Maui History
This is Michigan State's fourth time participating in the Maui Invitational (1991, 1995, 2005). The Spartans captured the championship in their inaugural trip in 1991, defeating Lamar, Rice and No. 2 Arkansas in the championship game, 86-71. Red-shirt freshman Shawn Respert averaged 19.0 points, while current MSU assistant Mark Montgomery averaged 7.3 assists. Tom Izzo made his head coaching debut at the 1995 Maui Invitational, defeating Chaminade, before falling to North Carolina and Santa Clara. In the 2005 tournament, MSU defeated Chaminade before falling to Gonzaga in one of the greatest games in the history of the Maui Invitational, losing 109-106 in triple overtime. Maurice Ager scored 36 points, including 27 in the last 7:09 of regulation and the overtime periods. Adam Morrison led the Bulldogs with 43 points. MSU bounced back the next day with a 74-71 overtime win vs. Arizona. Maurice Ager earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team, averaging 26.3 points in three games.
2. MSU on the Islands
Michigan State has an all-time record of 12-7 in Hawai'i. The Spartans won the 1998 Pearl Harbor Classic in Laie and the 1991 Maui Invitational. MSU also participated in the 1965 (2-1) and 1981 (1-2) Rainbow Classics and the 1995 (1-2) and 2005 (2-1) Maui Invitationals, in addition to losing at Hawai'i in the 2005-06 opener.
3. Spartans On Target
Michigan State has opened the season shooting the ball well. The Spartans are shooting .536 from the field, including .433 from 3-point range (13-of-30). The exception is at the foul line, where MSU is shooting .592 (45-76). Defensively, MSU is holding opponents to a .336 field-goal percentage, including .367 from behind the arc.
4. Points In The Paint
Michigan State is averaging 40.0 ppg in the paint through the first two contests, out-scoring opponents by 20 ppg in the lane. A combination of solid inside play and penetrating guards has allowed the Spartans to get their points around the basket.
5. Summers Approaches 1,000
Entering the Maui Invitational with 958 career points, it's probable that Durrell Summers will top the 1,000 point mark in paradise. He stands just 42 points shy of becoming the 41st player in MSU history to reach the 1,000 point mark for his career. Teammate Kalin Lucas has already topped 1,000 career points.
MSU vs. Chaminade Notes
Michigan State leads the all-time series with Chaminade, 2-0, defeating the Swords 69-66 on Nov. 20, 1995, and, 89-67, on Nov. 21, 2005 .
Matt Mahar (Johnson State College, '96) is 84-55 in his sixth season as a collegiate head coach. Prior to becoming head coach, Mahar spent three seasons as Chaminades' top assistant. He is the only coach in Chaminade history to lead the Swords to the NCAA Tournament
The Last Meeting
Michigan State defeated Chaminade, 89-67, on Nov. 21, 2005, in the opening game of the 2005 Maui Invitational. The Spartans scored five points in the final 23 seconds of the first half to take a 40-34 lead at the break, before pulling away in the second half. Maurice Ager led MSU with 23 points, while Shannon Brown added 18. As a team, MSU shot .778 from 3-point range (7-of-9).
Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo made his head coaching debut against Chaminade in the 1995 Maui Invitational. Chaminade head coach Matt Mahar made his head coaching debut against MSU in 2005.
Chaminade returns three of their top four scorers from last season ... The Swords are led by Steven Bennett, a 5-6 senior guard that averaged 17.0 points last season and earned second-team All-PacWest honors ... Center Mamadou Diarra is averaging a double-double (13.5 ppg, 13.0 rpg), in addition to 5.5 blocks per contest.
Gm. 2 Michigan State 82 - South Carolina 73
* Trailing 21-19 at the 9:16 mark, Michigan State used a 14-0 run over 3:58 to take control of the game. The Spartans closed the first half on a 23-4 spurt.
* Draymond Green's six steals rank tied for seventh in MSU single game history.
* Green recorded the ninth double-double of his career with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
* Delvon Roe dished out a career-high six assists.
* Michigan State recorded an assist on 23 of its 29 field goals, including 15 of 16 first-half baskets.
* The two teams combined for 39 turnovers (MSU-19, USC-20).
MSU Basketball Notes
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. After averaging a team-best 19.0 points in just 22.0 minutes in exhibition action, Lucas scored a team-best 18 points in the opener in his first official action since the injury, adding six assists. Through two games, he's averaging 11.5 points and 6.5 assists in 27.5 minutes.
Junior Draymond Green is one of the nation's most versatile players. As a sophomore, he staked his claim as the nation's premier sixth man, ranking third in the Big Ten in rebounding (7.7 rpg), while also setting a MSU single-season record for assists by a non-guard (112). He's proving to be a stat-sheet stuffer once again for MSU, averaging 15.0 points, a team-best 10.0 rebounds, and 4.5 assists, while leading the team in blocks (7) and steals (7). 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 nine double-doubles in his career.
Another Strong Non-Conference Schedule
Michigan State will be tested early and often during its 2010-11 non-conference schedule. Three opponents (Duke, Syracuse, Texas) and two additional potential opponents (Kentucky and Washington) appeared in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. All five of those squads also appear in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25.
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 Wisconsin) are ranked in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25, while Northwestern and Minnesota 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. 2 in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll Top 25. Nine different Spartan opponents or potential opponents are ranked in at least one of the two polls, including Duke (1 AP/1 USA Today), Ohio State (4/5), Syracuse (10/11), Kentucky (12/13), Illinois (13/16), Purdue (14/9), Washington (17/15), Texas (-/22) and Wisconsin (-/25).
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.
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 10.0 points and 6.5 rebounds on the young season.
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 398 of 512 opponents (.777), posting a 316-82 (.794) mark in those games.
Quite A Class Already
Although they have played just three-plus seasons, Spartan seniors Kalin Lucas, Durrell Summers and Mike Kebler have won 88 games in their careers. That total already ranks tied for the ninth winningest class in school history with the 1992 and 2004 classes. With their next win, the 2011 class will tie the 2007 class for eighth most in Spartan 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.
In 2009-10, seven Spartans averaged more than 20 minutes per game, while nine averaged 7.2 minutes per contest. Through the first two games of the season, 10 different Spartans have averaged 9.5 minutes or more. MSU's bench is out-scoring opponents' reserves, 52-30, (26.0 ppg-15.0 ppg).
Moving Up The Scoring Chart
Kalin Lucas ranks 17th in career scoring with 1,441 career points. The Spartan senior needs 28 points to pass Charlie Bell for 16th place (1,468 points) in MSU history.
Seniors Kalin Lucas and Durrell Summers have been named preseason candidates for the John R. Wooden and Naismith Awards. In addition, Lucas earned a spot on Dick Vitale's Preseason All-Rolls Royce Second Team and was named the nation's No. 1 floor leader by Athlon Sports College Basketball. He was also named preseason first-team All-Big Ten by Lindy's and Athlon Sports College Basketball. Summers was named a Second-Team Preseason All-American by Sporting News.
An Experienced Group
Michigan State returns nine letterwinners and three starters from last year's Big Ten Championship and Final Four squad. The Spartans return three of their top four scorers and seven of their top nine. The Spartans return 71.7 percent of their scoring, 72.9 percent of their rebounding and 76.9 percent of their assists. Entering the season, Michigan State's returning roster had combined to play in a Big Ten-best 615 contests, 31 more than Northwestern. MSU's roster had combined for 221 starts, which was just the seventh-highest total in the league. MSU's combined minutes played total of 10,255 ranked fifth in the conference.
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.
Michigan State won its two exhibition games against Saginaw Valley State (88-44) and Nebraska-Omaha (102-72) by an average margin of 37 points, averaging 95.0 points per contest. The Spartans were led by Kalin Lucas, who averaged 19.0 points over the two games, shooting .591 from the field, including .636 from 3-point range. Against UNO, Lucas scored 25 points in 25 minutes. Draymond Green (14.0 ppg), Keith Appling (13.5 ppg) and Durrell Summers (11.5 ppg) also averaged double-figure points. The Spartans outrebounded opponents by a +19.5 margin, led by freshman Adreian Payne, who averaged 9.5 rebounds.
MSU In November
Michigan State has an all-time record of 87-25 in games played in the month of November. This includes a 62-3 mark at home. The last team to beat MSU at home in November was a David Robinson-led Navy squad that bested the Spartans, 91-90, in overtime on Nov. 29, 1986. Tom Izzo is 40-0 all-time at home in November.
Spartans In The NBA
Six former Spartans are currently on NBA rosters, including Maurice Ager (Minnesota Timberwolves), Charlie Bell (Golden State Warriors), Shannon Brown (Los Angeles Lakers), Morris Peterson (Oklahoma City Thunder), Zach Randolph (Memphis Grizzlies) and Jason Richardson (Phoenix Suns). 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 366-146 (.715), and 174-76 (.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 (.715), Wisconsin's Walter Meanwell (.712) and Lambert (.709). With 174 conference victories, Izzo ranks tied for seventh all-time.
Izzo Among Best Ever
Through his first 15 seasons, Tom Izzo won 364 games, ranking sevent 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.