MSU Rolls!

The Michigan State Spartans are on a roll! Yesterday’s Elite 8 match up against Louisville was nothing short of phenomenal, in terms of sheer determination. Michigan State started the game with a slurry of quick turnovers. Louisville continued playing in their erratic, yet somehow coherent manner of play. With the loss of their star, Chris Jones, a number of players have had to step into his shoes. It was quite apparent that they were not on the top of their game.

Travis Trice, Michigan State’s Senior guard was absolutely unstoppable. His 17 points, along with Dawson’s 11 rebounds, propelled the rest of the team into the zone. Louisville lead at the half 40-32; they were on a 94 game win-streak when up by 6+ at the half. Izzo didn’t allow his team to be bothered by this fact. The Spartans tore out of halftime with a 10-2 run. With 3:57 left in the half Trice hit two key free throws–a department in which MSU has been lacking this year–to take the lead 61-59. With 4.9 seconds left and the score 64-65, MSU fouls Mathiang who proceeded to score the first basket. I have to say, the foul was absolute bullshit! Anyhow, Mathiang misses the second free throw, Trice grabs the ball and fails to shoot a buzzer beater.

OT rolls around and you can just see the energy exuding from Michigan State. In the first 26 seconds, Forbes shoots from downtown, making the score 68-65. From there, State rolled. With 10.1 left in overtime, Valentine crushes a shot made by Snyder and Trice is quickly fouled. He drained both for a Spartan win. The final score: 76-70.

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