Michigan State improved to 14-1 on the season after demolishing Savannah State at home on Sunday. The Spartans are in line to become the No. 1 team in the country on Monday. Here are a few takeaways from the game.
MSU defense is as good as it gets
It’s hard to take anything away from games like this because MSU is supposed to win and the opponent is so much worse than the Spartans. However, the Spartans look like one of, if not the best defensive team in the country right now. MSU held the Tigers to 26 percent shooting from the field and 24 percent from beyond the arc. The Spartans only blocked seven shots, but that is because Savannah State shoots a lot of outside shots. MSU should continue to be one of the best defensive teams in the country as the season rolls along.
MSU loves to pass
Like defense, the Spartans are very good at passing the ball. Every player on the court is very unselfish and always willing to make the extra pass for an easy bucket. The Spartans had 35 assists on 44 made baskets Sunday. That is pretty impressive even if it did come against Savannah State. Cassius Winston is the team’s leader in assists and he dished out 13 of them against the Tigers. MSU is a great team that is very unselfish. They are going to be hard to beat.
I talk about it every game, but until they stop turning it over so much, I’m going to continue bringing it up. The Spartans have been awful at taking care of the ball this year and it showed on Sunday. MSU turned the ball over 17 times against the Tigers. A few of the Spartans’ turnovers come from their fast paced style of play, but most of them come from bone-headed plays that don’t need to be made. Going forward, the Spartans need to correct these errors if they want to win titles.