I hate sports cliches so much. They infuriate me to no end. However, the cliche that the game wasn't as close as the score indicated was 100 percent accurate in Michigan State's 82-67 #BEATEMDOWN of Penn State on Thursday night. It may have been a 15 point loss, but it felt like it was closer to 30 or 40. Despite not having Keith Appling or Branden Dawson, the Spartans smothered the Nittany Lions offensively -- Penn State shot a cool 36.8 percent from the field and 22.7 percent from deep -- and executed its offense to perfection. Other than Tim Frazier, who was awesome, and D.J. Newbill, who was meh, we absolutely sucked. It was ugly. I advise that you skip the Four Factors Analysis portion of this recap, unless you like a basketball version of seppuku.
Four Factors Analysis
Did you look? WHY DID YOU LOOK AT THE STATS? I TOLD YOU GUYS NOT TO. IT'S TERRIBLE. At least we had a higher FT Rate and a lower TO%. So...that's cool.
But other than that, Jesus. Sparty had nearly a quarter more points per possession, were incredibly efficient while Penn State, um, wasn't, and grabbed practically every rebound. Not even looking at the advanced metrics, Michigan State grabbed 42 rebounds while Penn State grabbed 30. Let's stop talking about this because there is blood welling up in my eyes.
Player of the Game
D.J. Newbill had been the hot guy recently, but he struggled, going 5-for-18 from the field, scoring 17 points, and grabbing 3 rebounds. Meanwhile, Tim Frazier went out and laid waste to the Appling-less backcourt, scoring 22 points on 9-for-14 shooting. Other than that, Penn State's third best player was me, who showed everyone at Champ's that was sitting in my immediate vicinity how to eat a chicken wing and get as much meat off of the bone as possible.
- What the Hell, Guys? - Here's how many points Newbill and Frazier scored: 39. Here's how many points everyone else scored: 28. There were seven other players that played and scored. Let me do some math...*does math*...that's four points per person. Ross Travis (8 points) and Allen Roberts (7 points) were the only guys to score more than four points. It was the opposite of a team effort. It was also incredibly hard to watch.
- Welcome Back, ARob - Allen Roberts has played two minutes total over the last six games. He got four minutes of action and scored 7 points, although the game was already out of hand. Hopefully for him, this gets him a few more minutes in the rotation, especially because he has apparently been going through some family issues. We're all cheering for you, Allen.
- Geno. Woah-oh-oh-ohhhhhhhh - Geno Thorpe got 13 minutes against the Spartans, and didn't look too shabby. He's mostly been coming in as the "we need a stop/a foul in the last two minutes, so if you could go do that, that would be delightful" guy. Instead, he went out and was completely unintimidated in one of the most intimidating venues in America. He continues to impress me every time he's out there.
- Michigan State is Really Good - Michigan State is really good.
Penn State hosts Illinois on Sunday at 4:15 p.m. This is a revenge game for the Nittany Lions, as they lost 75-55 to Illinois in Champaign. Also, it looks like the Illinois student section -- more commonly known as "Orange Krush" -- will try to repeat 2007 by invading the Bryce Jordan Center. Make sure you get out and support the team, or else you like Tim Beckman. Nobody likes Tim Beckman. Go State.