The Michigan State Spartans opened their college basketball season on Friday night with a win over the McNeese State Cowboys.
There was never much doubt that the Spartans, who are the No. 2 team in the country, would come out with the win. The fashion in which they won it is what is most impressive. These so-called “easy” wins also need to be impressive wins in order to get a potentially more favorable seed in the NCAA Tournament.
The Spartans dominated the Cowboys and came out with a 98-56 win. The Cowboys had a 13-12 lead early in the game, but then allowed the Spartans to score 10-straight points. It was all downhill from there. Michigan State went into the half with a 52-25 lead and came out in the second half hot, going on an 11-0 run to take an even bigger lead and dash any hopes the Cowboys had of beating them.
The Spartans’ Gary Harris led the team with 20 points, a career-high 10 rebounds and six assists. The Spartans as a whole shot 52 percent from the floor against the Cowboys’ 27 percent, and also had a better three-point shooting percentage as they shot 39 percent over the Cowboys’ 27 percent. Michigan State dominated in every aspect of the game. They did what they were expected to do.
This game could be considered a warm-up for the Spartans, considering what they are facing on Tuesday. They will face a much tougher test in the No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats on Tuesday night in Chicago.
Michigan State definitely looks ready to face this tough test against the Wildcats. After all, they are the No. 2 team in the country. They’ll be ready for it.