Middle Tennessee 90 Michigan State 81.
In Denzel Valentine, Matt Costello, Bryn Forbes, and Colby Wollenman's last game as Spartans, the team fell short. Usually, we look at the three players trending up. This time let's take a look at the top three reasons why the Spartans lost today. It may not make you feel better about the result, but it will help you understand how it happened.
1. Turnovers: The Spartans played their most sloppy ball of the season against Middle Tennesse. Whether it was passes that went out of bounds, passes that attempted to go through two defenders, or a few travel calls, the Spartans didn't take care of the ball. It seemed like whenever Michigan State was about to tie the game, take the lead, or make a run, a turnover stalled the Spartans. It all added up to 14 turnovers. In a season where the Spartans shared the ball, they gave it away too much against Middle Tennessee.
2. Middle Tennessee's shooting: The Blue Raiders wouldn't miss. They jumped out to a 15-2 start because they started out the game going six-for-six shooting. They nailed 11-of-19 3-pointers, and [..]