This MSU basketball team is the tale of two teams. A team with a backup point guard and a team without. MSU looks a lot better when Trice is playing. Trice is a career (approximately) 48% three point shooter. Last year he shot just over 40% and this year is shooting 56% (though his total shots this year are hardly enough to predict season results). But this is what Trice can bring to the MSU team, a three point threat (and a breather for Appling) Should Trice keep up his current pace of 1.6 threes made per game. That would likely land him in the top ten in the B1G. That seems like a stat he is more likely to upkeep versus the 56% made. For comparison sake, Trice made .93 threes per game. Even if he were to land somewhere in the middle of .93 and 1.6 that would be an extra dimension that seems to be missing (hopefully Byrd can get going, get some confidence).
(make more of these please)
The Spartan Football team was able to make a bowl game!!!! WHOOO HOOOOO. Pat and I both had the Spartans pegged for 9-3. We were just a bit off - a call or a field goal away from being there though. I guess that's sports. The defense was every bit as advertised - in some aspects better and some aspects worse. What was shockingly poor was the offense. Line injuries, I feel, really hampered the development of the passing game. I am 100% not in the Spartan camp that thinks we should have been playing Connor Cook. Those people are loony. Where do go from here though? Well, we go to a bowl game. The Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl against TCU. Seems winnable. More on that later. What I would like to talk about is next year. Or as Mark Dantonio said at the team banquet "You will be the ones. And you know what I mean by that" (thank you Joe Rexrode twitter). So what is meant by that? Winning football games, duh! MSU is looking to bounce back from a meh 6-6 season. I would love an 8-4 year next year. Looking ahead, the schedule is more favorable for MSU (the problem with that is that the only good home game is against UM). With road games at Notre Dame and Nebraska.
Tonight MSU basketball plays Arkansas Pine Bluff in what should be a sleeper of a game. No sense in writing a write up for this game. Especially since I will be at work missing most of the game.
Coming up next on the blog, is MSU Football entering a Wide Receiver apex? Was this really a down year for the B1G? Will Pat ever blog again, or is he resting on his past accomplishments, like a typical michigan fan?