Defensive Score Sheet: Michigan State 93, Delaware 78

It wasn't quite the defensive effort Tom Izzo was hoping for - 78 points in a 75-possession never is - but it was good enough to compliment an unstoppable offense. 

Here's MSU's defensive score sheet from its Round of 64 game against CAA Champion Delware:

  • There isn't much to take from this game defensively, but a small side note might be the solid defensive game by Kenny Kaminski. No, he wasn't all-worldly or anything, but the guy who is used specifically as an offensive sharpshooter was not a liability. In fact, in 12 minutes he didn't allow a field goal and he forced both a miss and a turnover. That's more than a bonus from a guy like Kaminski. 
  • For those asking why Matt Costello's minutes have decreased as the season has progressed this game provides a potential answer: He's too slow on basic pick-and-rolls and Izzo refuses to let that be a weakness. Costello forced a few misses and only allowed on field goal. However, he was late on rotations and being exploited on pick-and-rolls was a big reason he allowed six made free throws.
  • Speaking of free throws, the whistle-happy refs in this one didn't just take over what could have been a much more entertaining game but they inflated MSU's potential DRtg. The foul fest meant everyone got into the act of fouling someone and the Blue Hens made 30 of 39 shots from the charity stripe. Heck, only Kaminski wasn't responsible for a made free throw for the Spartans.
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.]