IU knocked off a top five team for the third time this season, but on this occasion, there were no desperation three pointers or last minute heroics. Unlike the Kentucky and Ohio State games, both of which could have gone either way, IU controlled last night's game against Michigan State essentially from wire to wire. IU took the lead for good before the first media timeout, and denied the Spartans the outright Big Ten title, at least for now.
- Cody Zeller had a very nice game offensively, scoring 18 points on 7-12 from field and 4-5 from the line. He also had 3 steals against a team that normally is pretty sure-handed. The play that he made where he stepped out to the perimeter, picked someone's pocket, and took it to the hole was simply sublime. It was one thing when he did that against Stony Brook, but this was Michigan State! My reaction from the couch was, "that's just not right." He is the most skilled big man I have ever seen in an IU uniform, and anyone who doesn't vote for him as Big Ten freshman of the year should not be taken seriously by anyone, ever, on any topic.
- Jordan Hulls continues to bounce back offensively, scoring 10 points and shooting 2-5 from deep. A couple of the shots were forced, but I would rather see too much aggressiveness from Jordy than not enough.
- Verdell Jones III played well in his new role off the bench, scoring 12 points in 24 minutes and shooting 6-7 from the line.
- Finally, my bullet points are usually IU focused, but Draymond Green was incredible. He scored 29 points, more than half of MSU's total. Without Green's numbers, MSU was 10-34 from the field, 2-7 from deep, and 4-10 from the line. He was the only reason that the Spartans were able to cling to some hope for a comeback until the final couple of minutes.