November 9, 2010

Izzo not happy with transition offense or defense

EAST LANSING - Tom Izzo said his Spartans were satisfactory in just one of three areas of emphasis during Monday's 102-72 victory over Nebraska-Omaha, Monday night at Breslin Center.

"We had some incredibly good things and then some things we didn't do a very good job of," Izzo said. "It all comes down to what areas we are trying to emphasize. We went into this game trying to emphasize our break, and I thought that was poor.

"We tried to emphasize our transition defense, and that was awful.

"We tried to emphasize offensive rebounding and that was excellent."

Durrell Summers and Adreian Payne led the Spartans in offensive rebounding with four and six offensive boards respectively.

Kalin Lucas fired in 25 points, lead five players in double figures.

Draymond Green had 16 points, four rebounds and four assists while matching up at times against his brother, Torrian Harris.

Keith Appling scored 15 points, Summers added 11 and Derrick Nix contributed 10 for the Spartans, who begin regular season play on Friday against Eastern Michigan at Breslin Center.

This And That

  • Delvon Roe missed Monday's game with the flu. Izzo said Roe probably would have played if this had been a regular season game.

  • Sophomore post player Garrick Sherman started and played 14 productive minutes for the Spartans. Sherman missed last week due to a concussion he sustained in practice. Izzo said he started Sherman as a means of getting "some of the rust" off of him. Sherman answered with 7 points and 4 rebounds.

  • MSU had some ugly moments at times, with some new lineups. The lineup of Nix, Payne, Summers, Lucious and Appling was understandably disjointed in the first half. One of their possessions resulted in an over-and-back violation. Izzo called time out, and left that five on the floor when play resumed. That's what exhibition play is for.

    "We are confused at times," Izzo said. "Guys aren't stepping up on screens because they don't know what to do. We have had 14 practices. That's not enough."

  • Izzo reprimanded Payne twice for biting on pump fake 3-point attempts, far from the rim.

    "We are going to keep him down," Izzo said. "He just said to me, walking out of there (after the game), 'I already know, coach. Stay down.' I think he understands."

  • Senior guard Mike Kebler is out for at least a week with a foot injury. "It was a bad sprain," Izzo said. "He's not even out of a boot right now."

  • Korie Lucious struggled with the ball, Monday, going 1-of-8 from the field. He had six assists and three turnovers, but Izzo was not satisfield. "I just didn't think he ran the team like a point guard has got to," Izzo said.

    It was Lucious's first appearance since being suspended due to his September drunk driving arrest, which was reduced to reckless driving. Lucious was held out of last week's exhibition opener against Saginaw Valley State. He will also be suspended for Friday's regular season opener against Eastern Michigan.

    "He has a lot on his plate," Izzo said. "He feels bad about what he has gone through and what he has done. I'm not sure he knew how he would be accepted (by the home fans, after his September drunk driving charge, which was reduced to reckless driving). I told him that's the price you pay when you make mistakes."

    As for Lucious's poor shooting percentage, Izzo wasn't alarmed by it.

    "He's been one of our best shooters," Izzo said. "The shooting part, I don't worry about. The six assists were nice. Pretty good D. I think in a week or two, Korie will be back as one of our better guards."

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