MSU beats down Iowa 71-56 in a 62-possession game (a regular track meet by Hawkeye standards). StatSheet box score.
This one played out according to plan–MSU’s plan, that is. We dominated on the boards (although that edge faded some in the second half), forced Iowa to take a lot of tough 3-point shots (8/26=30.8%), and manged to push the tempo against a tempo-less team (14 fast break points). There were some early turnover issues, but most of them came from playing aggressively, rather than mental errors. And Iowa actually ended up turning the ball over one more time than we did. Your bar graph:
Other than a very brief stretch at about the 7-minute mark of the second half when they allowed Iowa to squeeze the lead down to 9, MSU played arguably its most complete game of the Big Ten season tonight. They systematically built a 20-point lead over the game’s first 25 minutes, never allowing Iowa to feel like they had a real shot at winning.
- What more can you say about Kalin Lucas? 24 points on 13 FG attempts. His spectacular finishes in the lane are starting to seem a bit mundane at this point.
- Durrell Summers is emerging as a mini-MoPete (and could take on MoPete’s old six man role once Morgan is back to full health). 21 points on 9 FG attempts. Three turnovers, but you can live with that when he’s as involved in the offense as he has been the last two games.
- A Sutonesque performance by Goran Suton: 6 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals.
- We expected Delvon Roe to get some chances around the rim today. Unfortunately, he couldn’t put those chances to good use. He scored only 1 point and turned the ball over 3 times. 10 rebounds in 20 minutes, though.
- Chris Allen still looked out of sorts (2 turnovers and 4 fouls in 13 minutes), but he did knock down 2 of 3 three-point attempts, so there may be hope.
- Only 2 points in 8 minutes for Raymar Morgan. If this virus continues to linger, I wonder if they shouldn’t just shut him down until it’s gone.
- A combined 6 assists and zero turnovers for Travis Walton and Korie Lucious. That’s all we really need from those two on offense.
- Draymond Green played 9 minutes; Marquise Gray played 7. Green was better tonight against the small Iowa lineup, scoring 4 points off 2 offensive boards.
Defensively, the team played cohesively, switching well on ball screens and recovering quickly on the back side. Izzo put Suton, rather than Roe, on the fourth Hawkeye perimeter player, allowing Roe to play more at home against the lone Iowa big man in the paint.
At 5-0, we’re now guaranteed a winning conference road record. And we’ve exceeded our total number of conference road wins over the previous two seasons. Can’t beat that with a stick.
Next up: A Sunday game against Penn State (noon, BTN) to open a three-game home stretch.