Defensive Score Sheet: Michigan State 69, Michigan 55

The Spartans are coming. The Spartans are coming [sung to U2's "The Saints are Coming" remix].

Against one of the country's most prolific offenses the Spartans didn't just win the game but did so in suffocating fashion. It was impressive regardless of your allegiance. Michigan's 55 points were the second-lowest total this season (a 63-52 loss at Indiana was the lowest) and it came at a time when Michigan looked unbeatable. It was a complete team effort and one Michigan State's Tom Izzo is no doubt proud of.

There's a lot of pre-NCAA Tournament work on the docket so here's the defensive score sheet from Michigan State's win - the Spartans' fourth Big Ten Tournament championship - without any analysis. The numbers pretty much speak for themselves.

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.]