Ideas on an 82-69 win in opposition to the Spartans:
Not like the Illini or Badgers, the Spartans introduced excessive depth to this one for 40 minutes. Because of this, Indiana would get no relaxation or reprieve this afternoon in a chippy affair. If the Hoosiers didn’t match the hard-nosed type of Michigan State, had too many lulls or lapses, a house loss might have simply gone on the ledger.
However to Indiana’s credit score, it not solely matched Michigan State’s drive. In some ways this afternoon, the Hoosiers surpassed it. This was a complete workforce win with almost each participant who performed important minutes contributing positively to the end result. Indiana was related and decided. The Hoosiers had been additionally smiling and having enjoyable.
“These final three video games, man, everyone that’s performed has performed a serious, main position in us profitable,” Mike Woodson stated post-game.
Michigan State knocked Indiana again in the beginning of the primary half. IU trailed 17-8 on the 14:06 mark, however it wasn’t for an absence of attempting or foolish errors. The Spartans did a pleasant job defending and contesting pictures, particularly in opposition to Trayce Jackson-Davis, to start out the competition. However Indiana merely caught with it and issues began to open up. When the mud settled on an entertaining first half, the Hoosiers led by 5 (37-32), outscoring the Spartans 29-15 to shut out the primary 20 minutes of motion.
Jackson-Davis began to battle by means of within the publish to match MSU’s physicality extra for scores. He additionally dunked one dwelling in transition, maybe the spotlight of the yr thus far for the Hoosiers. Jackson-Davis saved it going within the second half, slamming dwelling alley-oops and dunking over Jaxon Kohler with authority. Indiana’s All-American additionally defended the rim properly with out fouling. His closing line was one other jaw-dropper in a stretch crammed with them: 31 factors, 15 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks.
“There’s nothing the man can’t do on the basketball flooring,” Woodson stated after the sport. “… He’s a good looking participant to look at. I’m simply glad he’s on our ball membership.”
But it surely wasn’t simply Jackson-Davis immediately. Guys stepped up round him to assist hold the Spartans at bay. Trey Galloway (17 factors) dropped 3-of-3 from deep. Tamar Bates (17 factors) was on a warmth test on this one, making 5-of-6 from 3-point vary himself. A few of these 3-pointers got here when Michigan State despatched further assist to Jackson-Davis, which helped the Hoosiers provide a pick-your-poison option to the Spartans’ protection as the sport went alongside. Total the Hoosiers dropped in 60 p.c (9-of-15) from deep.
And in a sport that grew to become foul-prone within the second half (each Malik Reneau and Jordan Geronimo fouled out), Indiana excelled on the line (21-of-24, 87.5 p.c). Jackson-Davis led the cost there, hitting 11-of-13.
Indiana’s protection wasn’t as suffocating immediately, however it was nonetheless mild years higher than in opposition to Northwestern and Penn State, as Michigan State scored 1.02 factors per possession. In a sport Indiana scored 1.22 itself, it was greater than sufficient to get the job executed.
Indiana has now strung collectively a three-game profitable streak when all appeared misplaced. Jackson-Davis is wanting unstoppable and extra wholesome. Race Thompson made a shock return to the court docket. The protection has discovered itself once more. From the starters to the bench, Indiana is getting nice effort and play.
“They’re not quitters,” Woodson stated. “I’ve been part of groups that simply shut it down and say ‘I’m executed.’ These guys, they’re enjoying for one thing.”
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