Indiana at Michigan State, in-game analysis

Dan Dakich in action.


The Hoosiers hold at the end.

Still, the Spartans have already scored more points in one half then 10 teams managed to score in an entire game against the Hoosiers.

Still, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo appears to be angry at the world and everything in it as he comes off the court.


So, can the Hoosiers hold the Spartans under 60 in the first half?

Oh, the suspense.


It wouldn’t have surprised me to see Michigan State score 50 points this game. The entire game. And not many more than 50.

But, here we are.


With Neitzel draining that transition 3, the Spartans are now shooting an epic 17-of-21 and totally out-classing the Hoosiers in every aspect of the game.

And Indiana just can’t get a break, with a few White shots and a Gordon free throws rolling out.


A brilliant outlet pass by Eric Gordon had the chance to change this game, but Jordan Crawford missed a dunk. Now his parents, who live in Detroit and made the trip to this game, are being showered with derisive chants from the MSU students sitting right behind them.

Meanwhile, Michigan State continues its offensive tear. The Spartans are 13-for-16 from the field.


Who needs an offense? Gordon and Crawford hit 3 pointers early in the clock to pull back into it a bit.

But the Spartans continue to create on the run, with Morgan taking a pass for a big dunk after DeAndre Thomas can’t convert a shot from in close.


Mike White enters the game — Dakich had been unable to get the senior forward much playing time but said he wanted to — and the Spartans immediately go right at him for a couple of buckets.

Terry Hutchens of the Indy Star just pointed out that MSU is on pace to score 146 points. The Spartans are 9-of-11.



This game is often to a rollicking start, with Michigan State deciding to match Indiana’s preferred pace and outdoing the Hoosiers. They’ve been hitting everything. Morgan’s already got eight points, including two three pointers.

Meanwhile, Dan Dakich has gone “small” right away. He put Jordan Crawford in the game in place of Lance Stemler just three minutes into the game.


Looks like the CBS feed will jump to this game late as No. Tennessee and Kentucky are still playing.


Naymick and Neitzel were just introduced to the crowd and escorted by their families onto the floor. You know the scene, but it’s touching every time.

Also, it’s the only time that dudes hope for other dudes to cry. Seriously, some kid behind me just said, “I hope he cries after the game,” and another said, “He probably will.”


Fans here are currently being treated to a senior day video with highlights of the two Drews, Neitzel and Naymick.

You probably know a good deal about Neitzel, the guard who has been simply a dynamic player in this league for four years. He’s done everything Izzo asked him to do, from play pass-first point guard to shoulder the scoring load to doing a little bit of both, as he does this year.

Naymick you probably don’t know much about. But he actually holds the Michigan State record for most blocks in a career with 126.


About 10 minutes to tip.

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  • Bradley #1

    Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 2:03 PM EST

    Getting ready to watch the game out on the porch with some brews, because it is a gorgeous 65 here in B-town! How’s the weather up there guys?

  • Chris #2

    Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 2:04 PM EST

    Chilly. With snow on the ground.

  • Ben #3

    Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 2:06 PM EST

    yes it will, good kentucky-tennesse game though

  • Mark K #4

    Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 2:29 PM EST

    Damm, State is 9 of 11 and definitely comes out of th gate with some major mojo going on, but I have a feeling it will fade and IU will be making a run into half time. Raymar is rockin, DJ is ice cold, and EJ is picking up the slack and good to see OURMON Armon nailing 3’s. What a tough place to play such a crtical game for the BT championshipt.


  • Ben #5

    Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 2:30 PM EST

    the big ten has obviously decided they want their refs to stop calling fouls when eric gordon drives to the basket…even gone as far to start making up offensive fouls on him

  • Mark K #6

    Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 2:31 PM EST

    Off to the Women’s game with the family to help “Pack The Hall”. I hope the game looks ok on the big screens at Assembly Hall. Good thing for AT & T’s DVR :-) so I can watch this game later.

  • Ben #7

    Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 2:44 PM EST

    this is disgusting…i think we should pack it in and go home and take the day off

  • Ben #8

    Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 2:49 PM EST

    i hate to say it…but i think IU is simply getting out coached. Some changes should have been made by now to stop this

  • dakich sucks #9

    Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 2:54 PM EST

    Kelvin Sampson would not have let this happen to this team. Enjoy the continued lack of success with Dakich at the helm.

  • Heinz #10

    Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 3:00 PM EST

    Okay dakich sucks, you took words out of my mouth! If IU even considers giving him the job…ohhhhhhh man! The team is amazing, and he’s not using it to his advantage. The team has heart and wants to win everything for sampson! Dakich should not even be considered for a coach! Rick Greenspan needs to look hard for some other coaches…

  • admin #11

    Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 3:00 PM EST

    HALF: MSU 59, IU 31.
    IU: Gordon 10 pts; Bassett 9 pts, 3-4 3PT; Crawford 5 pts; Ellis 5 pts; DJ.White 2 pts, 6 reb.
    IU: 11-31 (36%) FG; 6-13 3PT; 3-7 FT; 14 reb; 8 TO; 11 fouls.
    MSU: 21-27 (78%) FG; 9-12 3PT; 8-10 FT; 17 reb; 5 TO; 9 fouls.
    MSU: Morgan 12 pts; Neitzel 12 pts, 4-5 3PT; Suton 10 pts, 7 reb; Allen 9 pts; Lucas 8 pts, 6 ast; Summers 4 pts; Naymick 2 pts; Walton 2 pts, 7 ast.

  • brandon #12

    Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 3:02 PM EST

    I mean are you serious? MIKE DAVIS coached better D than this! Can we not call a timeout and make an adjustment? Maybe this will silence all those people that want a hometown hero to return and save our program. I have seen better defense in pick-up games at the YMCA

  • Ryan K #13

    Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 3:03 PM EST

    you had to see something like this coming. IU brings in the guy the players didnt want. now the emotion surrounding Coach Sampson has died down and they have nothing left to motivate them. Dakich sure hasn’t proven his ability to motivate them.

  • mike4iu #14

    Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 3:06 PM EST

    For the 3rd game in the DD tenure he once again has this team ready to play. I can not belive a team is playing for a Big Ten title and they come out and lay a big goose egg in the 1st half. Let’s get the Michigan women’s coach as the interm coach. At least he shows emotions.

  • brandon #15

    Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 3:08 PM EST

    haha…I second the Michigan women’s coach!

  • Ben #16

    Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 3:09 PM EST

    this is obviously the first game where DD’s lack of coaching is evident. He doesn’t seem to be doing much other than subbing players and watching. Perhaps the players simply aren’t listening to him…hard to say from where i sit…but i will say i am nervous about big ten/ncaa tourneys

  • chemist #17

    Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 3:15 PM EST

    Was there ever a doubt that Dakich was the wrong choice???”?”? If not, this proves it. There is no coaching going on here.


    Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 3:16 PM EST


    …any thoughts?

  • IUBill #19

    Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 3:20 PM EST

    Ah, I see. It’s Sampson’s team when they win and Dakich’s team when they lose. Unfortunately DD is stuck with this poor excuse for a “team”. They’re playing the same offense and defense they have all year. It’s one on one on the offensive end and hope they don’t hit their shots on the other end…

  • Eric #20

    Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 3:27 PM EST

    Good news about this beat down… at least now we don’t have to listen to the rhetoric about keeping Dakich as head coach ! As painful as this is to watch, there is always a silver lining.

  • Chet #21

    Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 9:01 PM EST

    Oh, please. Mike Davis wasn’t better than anyone. It’s funny to hear you all bail. I remember the same crap form the same kind of ‘fans’ about how awful the team was in 1981. Seven losses, we’re terrible. Waaah…waaah…waah. But a few weeks later, hey, I believed the whole time. See ya.

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