Monday, February 25, 2013

Defensive Score Sheet: Michigan State at Ohio State

It was a really, really rough day for Keith Appling. And, when Appling has a rough day - especially on the defensive end - Michigan State struggles.

Despite phenemonal defensive games in the post by Adreian Payne and Derrick Nix the Buckeyes were able to control the flow and make plays down the stretch en route to the series-tying victory.


Here is the defensive score sheet from the game for the Spartans:

If I had broken down each half separately there would be two completely different-looking score sheets. Ohio State scored 43 points in the second half - a rarity against Izzo's halftime-driven adjustments that usually seem to work. 

However, like the Hoosiers, there is a good chance the Spartans and Buckeyes can meet again in the Big Ten Tournament to settle the score.

Previous 2012-13 Spartan Defensive Score Sheets
MSU vs. Indiana (Feb. 20)
MSU vs. Michigan (Feb. 13)

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