January 30, 2013

Payne's growth extends beyond the 3-point line

EAST LANSING - Michigan State's offense doesn't require a perimeter scoring threat at the four to function.

But Tom Izzo's best basketball teams have had a pick-and-pop four.

< A HREF="http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/players/97677">Adreian Payne's emergence in that role has helped Michigan State establish itself as a contender during the first month of Big Ten play.

"If you've been around Michigan State basketball, you know that when we play with a stretch four, everything we want to do opens up," said Spartan assistant Mike Garland. "Teams have to play us honest. They can't sag off and stand in the lane and take away anything we have coming toward the basket, including dribble drive or post touches."



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