It is safe to say that things are picking up right where they left off when last college basketball season was cut short by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Michigan State is hitting on all cylinders and my biggest fear is that they are coming out hot and they won't be able to sustain this momentum through the whole season. I guess only time will tell.
Coach Izzo has a motto of anytime, anyplace. He is not afraid to go against the elite teams in the league no matter if it is the beginning of the season or the end.
Traditionally, State has scheduled some games against these really good teams like Kansas, Duke, Kentucky, early in the season. In the past, our track record hasn't been too great in those games. This year was definitely the exception.
I have to be honest, I didn't actually watch all of the game.
I started to, but the channel it was on had a commentator that was obviously a Duke fan. He did everything he could but disparage the Michigan State players families. I tried turning the sound down, but Michigan State was doing their typical dance of turning the ball over and making stupid shots.
I was actually surprised to see that they won this morning. Don't get me wrong, they are a great team with a lot of depth, but they just play stupid sometimes and it really costs them.
Take the stats line for example...
Fifteen turnovers. That is pretty horrible. I know basketball is fast paced and turn overs are much more common than they are in Football (for some teams), but I would really like to see that number below the "10" range. Ten or less turnovers per game should be a goal they shoot for.
So Michigan State was one of the big upsets over the past couple of days. They started the season at #13, got a couple solid wins that moved them to #8 and now they took out #6 Duke. That should easily move them into the top 5.
Two days ago #17 Texas almost fell to Davidson. Three days ago #17 Houston took out #14 Texas Tech, Richmond beat #10 Kentucky (sorry @patrickulrich). Finally, four days ago Virginia Tech took out #2 Villanova.
Even earlier in the season we also saw San Francisco take out #4 Virginia.
I think it is safe to say this is going to be an exciting season. I look forward to brining you all of the upsets as we take the wild ride towards March!