For the first time since 2006 and 2007 Tom Izzo failed in consecutive years to take the Spartans to a Sweet 16. While it was more expected this year the Spartans would come up short, the performance put up by the freshman against Miami and Kansas gives promise for the future.
While many saw the dazzling play of Miles Bridges this season, Nick Ward was snubbed off the Big Ten all freshmen team and slid under the radar for the most part. The importance of Ward was shown late in the game against Kansas Sunday night. Ward had been playing with three fouls as the Spartans closed the Kansas lead to just one, but when he went up for an offensive board and was questionably given his fourth foul Kansas exploded. With Ward on the bench the Jayhawks increased their lead, completely demoralizing the Spartans in the final five minutes en route to a 20 point win.
The shortcomings of this team finally caught up with them. They didn’t have enough firepower to stay with Kansas with all of their weapons. Seventy points was not going to beat them.
Boeheim says Syracuse deserved to be in the NCAA tournament over Michigan State. He is, of course, wrong. Here’s why.
A look at some reasons the Spartans deserved to get into the NCAA tournament, even with 14 losses. There are those who say that the Spartans got in the dance on reputation and not on merit. Too many losses and no signature win on the resume.
With Ohio State, Michigan and now with rise to power by Penn State, the Eastern Division of the Big 10 has become undoubtedly one of the toughest and competitive divisions in college football. If Michigan State wants to stay in the mix with those teams, some hard work has to be done to restore what was built during Coach Mark Dantonio’s helm. Something drastic had to happen this year. A program that went 36-5 the previous three years doesn’t suddenly fall to 3-9 without some internal issues. With that track record, Dantonio and his staff deserve the right to fix it.
Michigan State quarterback Damion Terry got his first start Saturday against Penn State and was impressive. He brings a running dimension to the position that Tyler O’Connor could not and it has been unfortunate that he was never given an opportunity to be given the keys to the offense and start a game. The unfortunate part of this is the fact that he has been injured to some degree his entire career at MSU. Some fans may wonder if he has what in boxing terms a “glass jaw”. Can he stay healthy enough to make it an entire season.
Well, the 2017 season starts now for the Spartans and the quarterback position will be up for grabs with Terry, Brian Lewerke, Messiah deWeaver and incoming freshman Rocky Lombardi. It seems that Lewerke would be the choice based on his play this season before he got hurt and was lost for the season. The Spartans have an number of areas to chore up for next season, but the QB position is number one