Spartans sweep Wolverines off their feet

Michigan State destroys Michigan 80-67 to complete the season sweep
Michael Ward
Guest Writer

The Spartans are looking like they are ready to play tournament basketball. On Feb. 17, 2015, they came into Ann Arbor, a hostile environment, and beat the Wolverines in Ann Arbor for the first time since 2010.
Brendan Dawson led the determined Spartans with a double-double, scoring 23 points, grabbing 13 rebounds, and shooting an amazing 83% from the floor. Dawson, 22 years old and from Gary, Indiana stated, “It was a great win for us, for this program,”
Dawson, who is on the Michigan State Spartans basketball team, 22 years old, from Gary, Indiana is shown above. Dawson is leading his Michigan State Spartans to a mediocre season, but they are playing like they are ready to make some noise in the tournament.
His guard coming off the bench Travis Trice also had a grand day as well. Here is his stat sheet: 22 points, 7 assists, 6-12 on field goals, and 4-4 from the line, that right there is a good stat sheet. Those two never won at the Crisler Center.
The 60 year old and future hall of fame head coach from Iron Mountain, Michigan Tom Izzo said, “I think for those two guys, winning here is a big deal.” Shooting just over 78% from inside the arc, the Spartans dominated the whole game as they never let Michigan take the lead. This game stated that they could make a run in the tournament.
Denzel Valentine had a rough game, only scoring six points. If he can get it going offensively, this team possibly controls their destiny. Right now a 7 seed according to Joe Lunardi, Michigan State will try to make a statement in the Big 10 tournament. If that happens, Michigan State would probably end up as 6 seed. As for Michigan, their season has been brutal. It didn’t help that their stars Caris Levert and Derrick Walton Jr. were out for this game.
Unless Michigan wins out and wins the Big 10 tournament, it looks like Michigan won’t even participate in the NIT (Not In Tournament).

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