No. 7 Michigan State Loses to Unranked Georgetown, 64-60

February 1, 2014 at 5:48p    by Vico    
Tom Izzo

Michigan State stepped from non-conference play for the unusual February tilt against Georgetown, a team from the still functioning Big East basketball conference. Played in New York City's Madison Square Garden, the Spartans will leave for East Lansing losers of this 64-60 contest.

Previously, Georgetown had lost five straight games. Michigan State is now losers of two of its last three.

Michigan State's problems this game were multifaceted. Missing Adreian Payne and Branden Dawson clearly did not help. It forced Izzo to field a smaller, less experienced lineup that would come up empty on the glass in stretches. The Hoyas were +6 in the rebounding department.

Further, Michigan State's offense has come down with the same shooting disease afflicting Ohio State, Wisconsin, and, well, most of the Big Ten. Keith Appling, for example, was 3-9 this game for seven points. Over the past six games, Appling is 22-66 and 4-21 from behind the arc.

His free throw shooting has suffered too. He's only 19-33 from the charity stripe in that same six-game stretch. Michigan State as a team was 9-16 from the free throw line today.

A little home cooking may be what Michigan State needs right now. Its next game is on Thursday against Penn State in the Breslin Center. 



RedsBuckeyeBoy's picture

ESPN to run an all night special declaring that the Big Ten is slow and overrated in all sports. Be sure to tune in!

Idaho Helga's picture

In this ESPN special, the recent arctic blasts (caused by global warming) are causing all the B1G players from Wisconsin and Lansing to freeze up while shooting.
NPR to do a follow up as soon as they can track down their only employee in sports so they can find out what this game they call "basketball" is all about.  A guy from Massachusetts invented it, so it must be a cranial game.

ScarletGray43157's picture

Home run post, Idaho Helga.  I wish I could UV you more than once for that one.  Hilarious and snarky. LOLZ.

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

Idaho Helga's picture

Thanks, appreciated.   I listen a lot to NPR but some of their commentary is so out of the mainstream (at least where I live) it's comical.

FROMTHE18's picture

Strangest. BBall Season. Ever.

allinosu's picture

I hope they treated Jamarco to MSU at their best.

Brutus's picture

Still not as bad as losing at home to PSU, but perhaps this is just indicative of parity in CBB or maybe there are no real dominant teams except Arizona Syracuse.

MauricXe's picture

MSU is missing two key contributors.....not surprising they drop a road game.

Whoa Nellie's picture

Burn the couch.

“Don’t fear criticism. The stands are full of critics. They play no ball. They fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down on the field are the doers, they make mistakes because they attempt many things.”

ScarletGray43157's picture

Too bad it wasn't a league loss.  I know we are several games back with only a few to play, but it would have helped.

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Wow, that was surprising!  Just goes to show you can't overlook anyone.  If one team brings their A game and another does not anything can happen. 
Now let's hope those skunkweasels lose a few soon!!
Go Bucks!!