Indiana vs. Michigan State Live Blog
Posted by Mike on February 24, 2007
Tonight the Indiana Hoosiers come to East Lansing to play the Michigan State Spartans. Both of these teams’ tournament hopes remain very much in question and a win would do a lot for their resume. The Spartans are coming off a huge win on Tuesday against top ranked Wisconsin, while the Hoosiers could use a road win to impress the committee. The game will come down to the low post. D.J. White needs to have a big game tonight for the Hoosiers to win against one of the best rebounding teams in the country. Since Drew Neitzel is a little sick for this game, the player who might make the difference is Indiana’s guards like Roderick Wilmont.
9:06 pm: 3-2, IU. Indiana strikes first with a three, but MSU’s Walton makes a great pass an open Gray, who dunks inside.
9:08 pm: 6-4, IU. The Hoosiers hit another three. That’s something I forgot to mention; Indiana his very good on the perimeter. Raymar Morgan responds by driving down the lane from the left side and getting an easy layup.
9:09 pm: Neitzel is already on the bench. He must be feeling really under the weather.
9:12 pm: 9-6, IU. Naymick ties the game with free throws, but Armon Bassett hits the Hoosiers’ third 3-pointer of the game. All of their points so far have been from beyond the arc.
9:13 pm: 9-8, IU. Indiana’s interior defense needs to tighten up. They are not challenging MSU’s penetration.
9:15 pm: The Worldwide Leader is having serious sound problems. The sound was interrupted every half a second, and now the network is using the radio feed.
9:17 pm: The Michigan State bench must be filled with extraterrestrials. What kind of a name is Idong Ibok?
9:18 pm: 11-8, IU. Oh, great. I was just getting used to the radio, and now they go back to regular feed. Basset gets a nice basket inside to make it 13-8.
9:19 pm: 13-10, IU. Dan Shulman just mentioned the backdoor cut that sprung Bassett’s layup. Which reminds me of the Princeton offense. The coach who invented it, Pete Carill, must have been in the closet. Why else would he decide that it was OK for his players to always get it in the backdoor?
Wait…where the hell did that thought come from?
9:23 pm: 13-11, IU. Wow. This game has gotten really ugly, and not in a NHL brawl kind of way. Both of these teams are suddenly shooting worse than at a Swedish pick up game. Or Stevie Wonder hunting quails.
9:24 pm: That cheerleader is headed straight for the Listerine after kissing Dick Vitale.
9:28 pm: 16-11, IU. The madness finally ends as Indiana hits another three. MSU has 8 turnovers already.
9:29 pm: 19-11, IU. The Hoosiers have only 6 shots, but 5 of them are threes. Hey, shooting 5-10 from three is like shooting 8-12 from two.
9:31 pm: 19-13, IU. Michigan State finally hits a field goal, as Naymick hits one off an offensive rebound.
9:33 pm: 21-15, IU. Drew Neitzel finally gets on the board, but MSU commits its 10th turnover in 13 minutes and allows an easy layup. The Spartans are playing sloppy enough that the Izzone is booing.
9:38 pm: 23-15, IU. A.J. Ratliff hits another outside shot for Indiana. He now has 10 points.
9:43 pm: 25-18, IU. The Spartans finally get a three of their own, from Travis Walton. Before that D.J. White got his first points of the game from the free throw line. I really expected him to be a bigger factor. He has gotten rebounds in the low post, but being the easily amused monkey that I am, I want to see some points!
9:45 pm: 27-18, IU. Wow. Taht’s MSU’s 14th turnover. I haven’t seen something this sloppy since “Clint Bowyer will finish officially, cross the finish line, in the 18th position, upside down.” “On fih-err. I mean, that’s, Joie Chitwood couldn’t do that.” You have to love NASCAR.
9:48 pm: Tom Izzo must have been concerned about College GameDay today. An endorsement from Digger Phelps is the kiss of death. It appears the prophecy is being fulfilled, as the Hoosiers hit yet another three to make it 30-18, Indiana.
9:51 pm: The first half ends with Indiana leading, 30-20. Considering how badly the Spartans played in the first half, they’re lucky to only be down this much. The game is still within reach if Tom Izzo is able to make the necessary halftime adjustments. This means better ball control, opening up more opportunities in the paint, and hitting the quality shots they get. They cannot afford to miss the opportunities they’rs given. Indiana, on the other hand, needs to throw a wild card and use their perimeter success to give D.J. White easy shots inside.
10:05 pm: You know the sports world has gone to hell when Rece Davis makes a reference to Britney Spears when talking about a college point guard while a “YMCA” remix plays at halftime in a college basketball arena.
10:07 pm: No, Talib Kweli. Don’t do this to us. We know you’re getting paid, but geez.
10:11 pm: Michigan State’s non-Neitzel guard makes a perfect pass over a guy into the hands of a teammate. Problem is, he threw it over a teammate, and the one who caught it was on the bench.
10:13 pm: 33-23, IU. Neitzel finally hits a three for the Spartans. Before that, Number 11 had taken a Raymar Morgan tonight. Look at the team roster if you didn’t get that joke.
10:15 pm: 33-28, IU. Neitzel hits another three from NBA range, and suddenly MSU is back in this game. The Spartans certainly seem to have the momentum out of the locker room.
10:17 pm: 36-28, IU. Just as quickly as they gained momentum, Neitzel turns the ball over and Bassett gets an easy layup on the other end. That’s 17 turnovers for the Spartans, and we all know a TO is never good for your team. Oh, Snap!
Seriously, though…I don’t think Terrel Owens is evil or self-centered. I just think he’s naive. But that’s WAY off topic. 39-30, Indiana.
10:23 pm: 39-33, IU. Neitzel hits another three, as Michigan State finally seems to be passing the ball well.
10:25 pm: Idong Ibok is called for the foul. I still can’t get over that name.
10:27 pm: 39-35, IU. Goran Suton hits a long jumper to reduce the deficit to 4.
Holy Crap! Is that Kermit in the Izzone? I guess the colors make sense. He’s really let himself go since Muppet Treasure Island, though. He must weigh like, 180 pounds now. He must have been vacationing in Costa Rica; you have to eat three times your weight in flies to put up that kind of weight. This has to be the result of one of Miss Piggy’s guilt trips, the little green guy always capitulates to the threat of Tae Kwon Do. I would do the same if I could poke my eyes out with my knees.
10:32 pm: 39-37, IU. Michigan State gets another basket to go, and then Indiana kicks the ball out of bounds. Dick Vitale smells an upset. What he really smells is Dan Shulman peeing himself. As well he should, because if he was smart he would have bet his house on Indiana after Digger Phelps picked the Spartans on the morning GameDay program.
10:36 pm: 40-39, MSU. Walton forces a turnover, drive the length of the court, gets a layup and the foul! Michigan State gets is first lead, and Kermit is going absolutely insane. Seriously, he is going insane, Josh Heytvelt hooked him up with the good stuff.
10:41 pm: 44-41, MSU. You know what? I just realized that Indiana’s Mike White has not played at all in this game. You know why? because he’s at his computer blogging the game tonight! Ha Ha!
Oh, how I wish that was true.
10:43 pm: 47-42, MSU. The Spartans have outscored Indiana 27-12 in the second half. Indiana’s problems are twofold: First, they aren’t shooting threes. Because of that, D.J. White hasn’t gotten any open looks. At all.
10:48 pm: 48-44, MSU. Xavier Keeling stops the bleeding for Indiana thanks to a great pass from Errek Suhr. Two more people whom I have never heard of before and likely never will again.
10:51 pm: 54-46, MSU. Basset hits a tough midrange floater for the Hoosiers, but Michigan State gets two great baskets from even better passes. the first a two handed dunk so powerful the ESPN clock was swaying.
10:54 pm: 56-46, MSU. Someone explain this to me-how can you get a 10 second violation without pressure unless you’re not paying attention? No matter, Neitzel scores again. What a turnaround.
11:00 pm: 56-49, MSU. Indiana gets free throws, because they can’t hit a FG to save their souls right now.
We’re running out of time for bizarre commercials, so watch this instead. If you laugh, you will be punished. Although, I think Cesar Millan might like this.
11:01 pm: 58-52, MSU. Bassett hits a three for the Hoosiers, but with under three minutes left they need to make their move soon. Where is A.J. Ratliff?
11:05 pm: 62-54, MSU. The Spartans are salting away this game at the free throw line, and the Hoosiers still can;t shoot. Again I must ask, where is A.J. Ratliff?
11:07 pm: In case you’re wondering, I don;t do anything that even resembles keeping track of the Oscars. The only Oscar I care about is Robertson.
11:13 pm: 65-58, MSU. The game was starting to get boring, because, Indiana simply can’t shoot in the second half. But Neitzel just decleated Errek Suhr. I know it was an offensive foul, but that doesn’t make it any less awesome.
11:15 pm: Michigan State wins, 66-58. Michigan State finished the game exactly the way Indiana started it: shooting the three well and getting rebounds inside. Indiana ended the game in exactly the way Michigan State started: turning the ball over and not being able to hit the broad side of the barn with their shots. Proving the it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. Damn, I can’t believe I just used that cliche. Kermit, I hope you’re happy.
I end my article tonight by giving you a heads up: tomorrow afternoon is #1 Ohio State vs. #2 Wisconsin. Tip off is at 4:00 pm. The Extrapolater will be visiting Digital Headbutt to provide the live blog of the game, while I document the Women’s/Men’s UNC basketball double dip at the same time on Tar Heel Mania.