Duke's dominance on boards bedevils MSU's Izzo

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 12:47:44 PM. Spartans are not used to letting teams have their way underneath the basket — as the Blue Devil did in Tuesday's 88-81 victory.
Chicago — As Tom Izzo built Michigan State into a national power in college basketball, there was one aspect of the game he has consistently made sure the Spartans have excelled at — rebounding. In most seasons, Michigan State is among the leaders in not only the Big Ten but in the entire nation. Even against bigger teams, the Spartans typically have the toughness to get it done on the glass. So, it’s easy to understand Izzo’s frustration following No. 1 Duke’s 88-81 victory over No. 2 Michigan State Tuesday in the Champions Classic at the United Center. It was a battle worthy of the top two teams in the country, but it was that one state — rebounding — that had Izzo especially irked after the Blue Devils outrebounded the Spartans, 46-34, including a 25-11 advantage on the offensive glass. “I’m embarrassed, to be honest with you, that a team would get 25 offensive rebounds against us,” Izzo said. “I don’t care how big they are. “We had two keys to start the game. We said (we can’t have) turnovers, foolish ones. We knew we were gonna get some. That zone is pretty good and it’s long. And then rebounding. Never in a million years did I think we’d get outrebounded like that.” 2017-18 MICHIGAN STATE BASKETBALL SCHEDULE The offensive rebound advantage for Duke was 15-2 at halftime and by the end of the game, the Blue Devils had scored 17 second-chance points. “We hold them to 39 percent (shooting), 30 percent in the first half and 27 percent from three and the only way they scored...Read more
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