Monday, February 10, 2014

Defensive Score Sheet: Wisconsin 60, Michigan State 58

Traevon Jackson (12) hits the game-winning jumper with 2.1
seconds to play to give Wisconsin a 60-58 win over MSU. (AP)

Another Michigan State-Wisconsin game, another instant classic to file in the Rivalry of Love story.

Playing without Keith Appling and Branden Dawson the Spartans withstood numerous spurts that nearly put Wisconsin on the edge of a blowout. Still, despite trailing 58-53 with 28 seconds to play the Spartans executed back-to-back out-of-bounds plays to perfection (a 20-foot jumper from Gary Harris and a 3-pointer from Adreian Payne) sandwiched around a missed front end of a 1-and-1 free throw (by 94 percent free throw shooter Ben Brust no less) to tie the game at 58 with 8.7 seconds to play.

Despite being blanketed by Gary Harris, Traevon Jackson hit a running jumper with 2.1 seconds left to give Wisconsin the 60-58 win. (Travis Trice did ever-so-slightly miss a half-court heave at the buzzer to seal the Badgers' win).


Here's the defensive score sheet from Wisconsin's 60-58 thriller at the Kohl Center:



Takeaways

  • Gary Harris went 3-for-20 from the field, 0-for-7 from 3-point range. Heading into the final minute he was 2-for-19 from the field and his only two makes were breakaway dunks. Some will point to Harris having a major off day - which he did - as many of his misses were shots he normally makes. However, a lot of the credit has to go to Wisconsin Josh Gasser. Harris was blanketed all game and Gasser only allowed Harris to make one shot - the fadeaway, 20-foot jumper on an out-of-bounds play with 20 seconds to play. Other than that shot Gasser was in front of Harris with a hand up all night. Traevon Jackson will get most of the heroics for hitting the game winner but Gasser was undoubtedly the game's MVP.
  • Travis Trice continues to do a remarkable job filling in for the injured Keith Appling. Offensively, Trice has been spectacular with nine assists to zero turnovers in 69 minutes. Defensively, he's been as active as any point in his career. He was MSU's best statistical defender Sunday, forcing Ben Brust into a terrible shooting day and forcing three Wisconsin turnovers.
  • It's crazy to think Alvin Ellis III was so close to being redshirted this season. Then you look at one of the biggest Big Ten games of the season and he plays 25 minutes for Tom Izzo. Ellis has his shortcomings but he's a competitor and a guy Izzo continues to show faith in. Ellis didn't allow a make shot in his time on the floor giving the Spartans another surprisingly defensive body.
  • Frank Kaminsky really had the craziest defensive line I've seen in my three years of scoring games. He forced 12 (!) missed shots yet ended up being one of the worst defenders on his team. How? Well, he was matched up with Adreian Payne for much of the night. Payne missed his share of shots but some of the ones he made were incredible. Unfortunately, Frank the Tank was responsible and ended up yielding eight made field goals to go with a pair of made free throws. It added up to a defensive usage number of 58 percent and likely a much needed ice bath after the game.

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The Defensive Score Sheet Project's initial explanation is here. More concise explanations are in this post, but here is a short rundown:
  • 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.

[NOTE: Deuce2Sports' defensive charting has been noted on Sports Illustrated's Web site twice this season by college basketball writer Luke Winn.]

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