Defensive Score Sheet: MSU 79, Kansas 73 (Champions Classic)

What a statement win for Michigan State. The Spartans, despite trailing by double digits multiple times in the second half, used hot shooting and timely defense to upset the No. 4 Jayhawks 79-73 in the fifth annual Champions Classic.

Both of these teams have high ceilings, and the win should continue to gain cache for Michigan State as the season rolls along.

The 75-possession game was mighty entertaining and provided break-out moments for young players on both teams. Here is the defensive scoresheet for the game:

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 was noted on Sports Illustrated's Web site twice during the 2013-14 season by college basketball writer Luke Winn.]