With the basketball season ending on a sour note, upset in the first game of the NCAA tournament, the Spartan Nation can look forward to next season. Even though we lose a lot from this year’s team, we can look forward to an exciting team next year with a highly regarded recruiting class with Miles Bridges, Joshua Langford, Nick Ward and Cassius Winston signed. There is hope that the number one player in the nation, Josh Jackson will also be part of this class, making this undoubtedly Coach Izzo’s best class ever. Add those players with returning players Deyonta Davis (if he doesn’t opt for the NBA) Gavin Schilling, Eron Harris, Matt McQuaid, Tum Tum Nairn, Kenny Goins and Alvin Ellis, this will be a deep and athletic squad.
In looking at photos of great NBA stars of the past, I was amazed at some of the numbers put up by one Oscar Robertson, “the Big O”.
The Triple Double is kind of an elusive stat, given that it can be made up of any three of the five primary offensive statistics in basketball. But however you define it, there’s no question who owns the title as the greatest Triple Double machine ever: Oscar Robertson. And if you need proof, there’s this crazy record which will never be equaled, let alone broken: in 1961-62, The Big O actually averaged a Triple Double for the entire season. His stats that year: 30.8 points per game, 12.5 rebounds per game, and 11.4 assists per game. Naturally, he also holds the career mark for Triple Doubles, with 181. We won’t see that again.
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Like much of the nation, the Spartans were still trying to process the 90-81 loss in the locker room
MSU had to learn the hard way……with a bulls-eye on your back, you will get everybody’s “A” game and you have to bring your “A” or you go home early….especially in the tournament when it’s “one and done”. That’s exactly what happened today. I take nothing away from Middle Tennessee State. They have some guys that can flat out play and they showed it. They hit the big shots, they seemed to get every loose ball and came back after MSU made their runs. They deserved to win. They led the game from start to finish, so I can’t say they were lucky; they were great!!
I feel bad for the Spartans because I thought they had a chance to make a deep run this year and get back to the Final Four, but it was not to be.
Tom Izzo reaches his 19th straight NCAA tournament; his team begins at approximately 2:45 p.m. Friday in St. Louis
Spartans win the Big Ten Tournament with a 66-62 win over Purdue on Sunday in Indianapolis. It was the fifth tournament championship for a Tom Izzo coached team.
However, winning the tournament didn’t garner much respect from the NCAA Selection Committee as the Spartans were selected as a number 2 seed instead of the number 1 seed which many thought was a done deal prior to the championship game. I think the selection of North Carolina, Kansas, Oregon as one seeds were legitimate, but Virginia over MSU as a number one that many observers question. It seems the Big Ten as a whole didn’t get much respect as Indiana, the regular season champion, along with Maryland were all selected as five seeds and Iowa selected as a seven seed.
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In watching Bryn Forbes drain 3 pointer after 3 pointer, I’m reminded of a commercial back in the day about a fictitious playground legend named ” Lamar Mundane” who prowess shooting long-range jumpers was so good, that every time he shot they called him “money” because it was like money in the bank. I found myself saying that thing watching the game against Rutgers when Forbes lit them up with 11 3-pointers, best in MSU basketball history. It’s going to be interesting watching the Spartans in the tournament and how teams are going to defend him because the whole nation knows about him now.