Originally Posted by traderumor
I still did not see a lot of talent on the floor for MSU Saturday. Green and a bunch of support staff, some of it not very good at all. I am growing in admiration of Izzo's coaching ability though. He is getting a lot of results out of a thin squad. Now, if Payne plays the way he does against OSU consistently, they have two great players, but for now, its pretty much Green and a Hall of Fame coach. I'll stand by comment and do not think it is "talent" but "whole greater than the sum of the parts." BTW, I assume you are an MSU fan, or at least secret admirer, by the flavor of your posts, no? You just have the opposite bias, yet you are in my face accusing me of homerism.
For the record, I liked Sullinger's comments, who nailed something I noticed, and that is that "after 25 games we all of a sudden don't run our offense?" That is the jest of it, but the cause is a debatable.
I would agree that MSU isn't the most talented team, but they are certainly more talented than last year. Izzo never has team stocked full of talent like Duke or UNC, he just gets players that fit his system and the net results is a team that plays well togethed and has good chemistry. Yes, I am a MSU fan, but I don't think that I accused you of homerism. We are obviously both homers and I don't think either of us have a real neutral viewpoint on this game and these teams.
I disagree with Sullinger, I have seen many teams that can't buy a shot over the course of a game, yet are a good team. Many teams have gone cold in games of this magnitude.
Regardless of the result both teams have things to take away from this game. OSU will have to be more consistent it their jump shooting and be able to adjust to officiating in the tournament. You and I may not like it but there will be poorly officiatied games in the tourney, but the best teams can overcome that. I think this game is a tremendous confidence boost for MSU, and they needed it. MSU needs to figure it out offensively when Appling is struggling (or in this case being shut down by Craft). Every player is likely to have a bad game over the course of a 6 game tourney, and you have to adjust to their performance. If OSU could have knocked down jumpers, MSU would have lost the game.