The Spartans bow out to the Buckeyes 82-70 in a 69-possession game. StatSheet box score.
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- The difference in 2-point shooting percentages was fairly narrow, so the big differential in the eFG% bar was driven almost entirely by 3-point shooting. They hit 9 of 16 from beyond the arc. We hit 3 of 21. There’s your ball game.
- It’s surprising we haven’t had a game like this yet this season, in which the complete inability to hit a 3-pointer costs us the ability to compete for a win. We actually ended up with pretty good turnover and offensive rebounding numbers; knocking down a few 3-pointers was the only real problem on offense.
- The main problems today were on defense. As I feared, Ohio State’s lineup caused us fits. Izzo stayed big and tried to defend Evan Turner by putting a big man on him and hedging the other defenders toward him when he drove. It worked for a while, but eventually he figured it out and created points by dishing to Jon Diebler outside and B.J. Mullens inside.
- And we couldn’t take advantage of the mistmatch on the other end of the floor. Gray, Green, and Roe combined to shoot just 4-11.
- William Buford, please go pro.
- When P.J. Hill and Jeremie Simmons combine to make 3 of 4 three-point attempts, you know it’s not your day.
- Should Izzo have put the full court pressure on earlier–to take advantage of Ohio State’s lack of depth and suspect point guard play?
- Korie Lucious: 16 points in 18 minutes. Opposing defenses are going to have a real challenge guarding both him and Lucas for 20 minutes per game next year.
- My theory on Chris Allen: Let him take take three jumpshots. If he makes one, great: Let him play 20 minutes. If he doesn’t, sit him down. He doesn’t appear to have the ability to shoot himself out of a slump.
Losses in the conference tournament hurt–but not quite as much as regular season conference losses or NCAA Tournament losses. It would have been nice to get this monkey off our backs, too–but it was the smaller of the two monkeys.
On to the Big Dance. I think the #1 seed/#2 seed thing has probably been overblown. There are 8 teams at this point that are clearly in the top tier. As long as we’re not in the same region as UNC, I’m not sure if it matters which of those teams we’re grouped with.
P.S. Robbie Hummel looked oftly spry for a guy with a bad back playing his second game in two days this afternoon. I wouldn’t want to be a #1 seed that has to play Purdue in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.