The last three match-ups before today between Oakland and Michigan State had been decided by a total of 11 points and today that margin only increased to 24 points.
Little Caesars Arena today was absolutely electric and continually got louder for the multiple and-one three pointers made by Oakland in the second half. The final score does not do the justice for how well of a game Oakland played.
The Spartans had five players in double digits today, a dominant performance for Nick Ward down low and a plethora of major buckets hit by Cassius Winston and Joshua Langford through the grit of the second half.
Coming into the second half, the Spartans lead 38-33 and from there on out went on to win 86 to 73. The Spartans improve to 10-1 after today with their next game coming up against Houston Baptist on Monday.
For Oakland today, Kendrick Nunn was a major contribution as to why the Spartans had a hard time putting them away. He finished with 32 points, including a nasty and-one dunk early in the second half.
By no means today was the victory easy, Oakland was able to answer MSU and go bucket for bucket all day long. But, the Spartans did find a way to complete the victory.
The turnovers need to be minimized if Michigan State is going to win they close games down the stretch in their conference season. In addition, the defense in guarding from behind the arc NEEDS to improve. They allowed Oakland to shoot 37 percent from thee three point line and allowed for the Golden Grizzlies to stay tight throughout the second half.
Michigan State looked like it hadn’t played in a week and will need to improve their efforts moving forward. Credit Oakland for playing an absolute hell of a game today and for capitalizing on all of the mistakes that MSU had made.
If anything this is a gut check and a wakeup call for the number two team in the country, the Golden Grizzlies gave the Spartans a run for their money.
In front of 20,645 people today, the Spartans were tested all the way to the end. It wasn’t pretty, but we can add another W to the books and extend the winning streak to nine games.