A glance at the MSU score sheet has some interesting numbers:
3 pt shooting – MSU 3/12, NFl 11/29 - advantage NFl
TOs and ORbs almost cancel each other out.
How did MSU win?
(a) 2 pt shooting – Ospreys shot 12-37 on 2s - 32%, while MSU shot 32/49 on 2s, 65%
(b) FT advantage – MSU +16
A lot of transition against a physically overmatched opponent. Doesn’t mean MSU doesn’t or won’t have other stuff in the arsenal, but that’s a much tougher recipe for winning against good B1G teams.
My concerns for them would be:
(1) Losing the 3 pt battle often and/or decisively. Schilling, Ward, Nairn can’t shoot. McQuaid is streaky and if he’s on the floor then they lose some of the other advantages. Will Jackson, Bridges, and Langford be able to shoot 3s? Will Ward, Jackson, and Bridges be able to stop other teams from shooting 3s?
(3) Offense besides transition.
They do have a ton of potential and if they can address those three issues even pretty well, watch out. That lineup of Bridges, Ward, Jackson, Langford, and Winston has a chance to be really good. That game against Duke will be interesting, but I’m also very curious about their game 11/30 against ND.