The Minute After: Michigan State – Inside the Hall

Thoughts on an 82-69 win in opposition to the Spartans:

Unlike the Illini or Badgers, the Spartans introduced excessive depth to this one for 40 minutes. As a end result, Indiana would get no relaxation or reprieve this afternoon in a chippy affair. If the Hoosiers did not match the exhausting-nosed type of Michigan State, had too many lulls or lapses, a house loss might have simply gone on the ledger.

But to Indiana’s credit score, it not solely matched Michigan State’s drive. In some ways this afternoon, the Hoosiers surpassed it. This was a complete workforce win with nearly each participant who performed vital minutes contributing positively to the final result. Indiana was related and decided. The Hoosiers had been additionally smiling and having enjoyable.

“These final three video games, man, everyone that is performed has performed a significant, main function in us successful,” Mike Woodson mentioned publish-recreation.

Michigan State knocked Indiana again at the starting of the first half. IU trailed 17-8 at the 14:06 mark, but it surely wasn’t for a scarcity of making an attempt or foolish errors. The Spartans did a pleasant job defending and contesting photographs, particularly in opposition to Trayce Jackson-Davis, to start out the contest. But Indiana merely caught with it and issues began to open up. When the mud settled on an entertaining first half, the Hoosiers led by 5 (37-32), outscoring the Spartans 29-15 to shut out the first 20 minutes of motion.

Jackson-Davis began to struggle by means of in the publish to match MSU’s physicality extra for scores. He additionally dunked one dwelling in transition, maybe the spotlight of the yr to date for the Hoosiers. Jackson-Davis stored it getting into the second half, slamming dwelling alley-oops and dunking over Jaxon Kohler with authority. Indiana’s All-American additionally defended the rim effectively with out fouling. His remaining line was one other jaw-dropper in a stretch stuffed with them: 31 factors, 15 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks.

“There’s nothing the man cannot do on the basketball flooring,” Woodson mentioned after the recreation. “… He’s a gorgeous participant to observe. I’m simply glad he is on our ball membership.”

But it wasn’t simply Jackson-Davis right this moment. Guys stepped up round him to assist maintain the Spartans at bay. Trey Galloway (17 factors) dropped 3-of-3 from deep. Tamar Bates (17 factors) was on a warmth test on this one, making 5-of-6 from 3-level vary herself. Some of those 3-pointers got here when Michigan State despatched additional assist to Jackson-Davis, which helped the Hoosiers provide a choose-your-poison option to the Spartans’ protection as the recreation went alongside. Overall the Hoosiers dropped in 60 p.c (9-of-15) from deep.

And in a recreation that turned foul-inclined in the second half (each Malik Reneau and Jordan Geronimo fouled out), Indiana excelled at the line (21-of-24, 87.5 p.c). Jackson-Davis led the cost there, hitting 11-of-13.

Indiana’s protection wasn’t as suffocating right this moment, but it surely was nonetheless mild years higher than in opposition to Northwestern and Penn State, as Michigan State scored 1.02 factors per possession. In a recreation Indiana scored 1.22 itself, it was greater than sufficient to get the job completed.

Indiana has now strung collectively a 3-recreation successful streak when all appeared misplaced. Jackson-Davis is wanting unstoppable and extra wholesome. Race Thompson made a shock return to the court docket. The protection has discovered itself once more. From the starters to the bench, Indiana is getting nice effort and play.

“They’re not quitters,” Woodson mentioned. “I’ve been part of groups that simply shut it down and say ‘I’m completed.’ These guys, they’re enjoying for one thing.”

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