|It was that kind of day for Nebraska's offense (AP).|
The 58 possession game helped keep the score low, but MSU's 62-34 victory was still breathtaking for basketball purists who love defense.
Digest these facts from MSU's rich history:
- Nebraska's 34 points were the fewest allowed by MSU since it defeated Brown 45-34 to open the 2006-07 season.
- It was the fewest points MSU has allowed in a Big Ten game since a 59-29 win over Northwestern in the 1999-2000 title season.
Nebraska's biggest problem was a 2-for-17 performance from 3-point range -- a far cry from the 11-for-26 performance in a high-scoring loss at Northwestern in early February. MSU's close-out defense was pretty good, but the Huskers still missed some decent shots.
Below is MSU's Defensive Score Sheet from the game. In-depth explanations are in this post, but here is a cliff notes version:
- Min - Minutes played
- DREB - Defensive Rebounds
- FM - Forced field goal miss (includes blocks)
- FTO - Forced Turnover (steals, charges taken)
- FFTA - Forced missed Free Throw Attempt
- DFGM - Allowed Defensive Field Goal Made
- DFTM - Allowed Free Throw Made
- DRtg - Defensive Rating (Gives players credit for stops and scoring possessions)
*The DRtg is most important part of a defensive score sheet as it is the analog of an offensive rating. If a player was on the floor for 100 of his team's defensive possessions, the DRtg calculates the number of points the opposition would score.
Because Michigan State was so great as a team, everyone's DRtg looks off the charts (in a good way). Draymond Green, who's 10th rebound made him the third member in Michigan State history to amass 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career, didn't allow a made shot. The Huskers went 0-for-7 on shots he defended and Green also forced 2.5 turnovers. His 41.3 defensive rating is the lowest in any game I've tracked this season. MSU's 59.0 DRtg, which plays a big role in individual ratings as well, was also a season low.
It would be interesting to see if any other player had a game with the numbers Green posted. I would guess a few Kentucky games, namely its 86-52 whipping of South Carolina, might have produced very low numbers. It remains to be seen if they were low enough to match MSU's against Nebraska.