Michigan State 82, Florida Atlantic 55: Spartans appear big enough in opener

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Source: Michigan State 82, Florida Atlantic 55: Spartans appear big enough in opener

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The Spartans win big in the opening game of the 2015-16 season missing one of their key contributors from last years’ team, Gavin Schilling. However, senior Matt Costello and freshman Deyonta Davis were more than enough up front to handle the visitors from Florida. MSU was very good defensively and showed plenty of firepower offensively. One holdover problem from last year was the free throw shooting. The Spartans went 17 for 28 (61%) from the foul line. That is inexcusable for the entire team. That statistic will definitely have to improve as the season goes along.

Opening night

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The Detroit Pistons currently are listed as number 17 in the power rankings of NBA teams. It’s anyone’s guess as to how the season will unfold for them. They could be on the verge of making the playoffs after seven straight losing seasons. An infusion of new blood gives Piston fans hope for an exciting season.

The Detroit Pistons like the potential of rookie Stanley Johnson, however when the regular season tips off, head coach Stan Van Gundy will bring him off the bench. From Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press: “Van Gundy cited veteran presence and size as part of his reasoning for going with the 6-10 Ersan Ilyasova and 6-9 Marcus Morris. ‘I just think that’s our best lineup right now,’ Van Gundy said. ‘It gives a little bit more size, a little more experience. That’s where my comfort level is right now, but we’ll see how it goes early in the year, or even these (last) two preseason games.’ … Johnson, 19, was the eighth overall NBA draft pick out of Arizona and has excelled through summer league, training camp and part of the preseason. He is third in the NBA in preseason scoring (13.8 points per game) and is shooting an encouraging 44% from three-point range.”The rest of the starting lineup to begin the regular season include Reggie Jackson and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in the backcourt and Andre Drummond at center.

Source: Report: Johnson likely to start as a reserve