Michigan State opened the season as the number two team in the country in most polls out there. Then there was the Florida loss. Followed by a brutal drubbing against the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill (despite the final score). Losing to Texas? Nothing to be ashamed of. However, since the Texas game, Sparty has ripped off nine straight wins. A quality one against Wisconsin, too. But for a team that returned stars like Lucas, Green, Morgan and Summers, they are dreadfully underperforming.
In ways that a veteran team coached by Tom Izzo shouldn’t.
216 and 230. That’s where the Spartans rank in turnover efficiency on both offense and defense respectively. They aren’t forcing turnovers like a normal Tom Izzo team and they sure as hell aren’t taking care of the ball. Michigan State turns the ball over almost 15 times per game. In a conference that is constantly ripped for boring (read: defensively strong) basketball, that will not get it done when they have to go to places like the Kohl Center, the Barn, or West Lafayette.
We’re quite surprised with the lack of discipline from Sparty. You can say they’re winning ugly and yes, the wins are all that matter. Stats like this are damning come tournament time for a team that was a final four and national title hopeful to start the season.
When you turn the ball over and get behind by double digits, it doesn’t help that you’re almost last in 3 point percentage of points scored and 3 point field goal percentage. Sparty has some serious work to do before the tournament starts.