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MSU @ IU in Not Your Father’s Assembly Hall: Gamethread
January 21st, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

AH New SS Assembly Hall

A trip to Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana from the Breslin Center in East Lansing in 307.2 miles.  However the Assembly Hall of which you probably know – is no longer in existence.

First, lets cover the details of the trip. Technically the bus ride trip (encompassing approximately 4 hours and 40 minutes of time) is travelled almost completely on what is designated as North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA) Superhighway (aka United States Interstate Highway 69). However, despite all the declarations and official designations, the NAFTA Superhighway disappears in southern Indianapolis and limps along for 56 miles into Bloomington as Indiana State Highway 37. The MSU Spartans Men’s Basketball team recently travelled this route so that they can take on the Hoosiers of Indiana University this afternoon (4PM EST on ESPN) with the game to be called by Dave Flemming, Dan Dakich and Molly McGrath.

As for Assembly Hall?  It has been completely reimagined.  So in reality, the game is to be conducted on the floorboards of the newly dedicated Mccracken Court at [sic., Cindy] Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall with broadcast technology from the Mark Cuban Center for Media and Technology.  You got it right, your grand-father’s, father’s, brother’s, distant-cousin’s Assembly Hall is long gone.

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Führerbunker just after end of WWII.

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A Chair Toss by the Der Führer?

I have never liked Assembly Hall – especially for MSU B1G basketball games in January.  My image is a game played in the Führerbunker, on a cold gray overcast afternoon, resulting in double-digit loss after blowing an early lead and the contest effectively over at half-time.

My perception is that TI/MSU teams have suffered the fates I have imagined.  Well guess what? Not really true.  Likely fake news probably reported by Eyeore from the JustABum Media Center.

The Spartans have beaten IU five straight games and in four of the last six contested at Assembly Hall. It should be noted, that Indiana leads the all-time series with Michigan State, 67-53, including a 44-14 advantage in Bloomington. However, Tom Izzo is 23-13 in his career against Indiana. MSU has won 11 of the last 15 games in the series and 13 of the last 19.  The weather forecast is for partly sunny skies and a game-time temperature of 65 degrees.

So TUS Membership… describe your image of this contest and its outcome!

 


39 Responses  
  • JustABum writes:
    January 21st, 20179:44 amat

    This contest may be hotly contested with guard play being the difference. It may also feature Tom Crean running the floor to tackle Tom Izzo after TI steps on to the court to lecture Miles Bridges for missing a dunk to break a deadlocked game.

    • Jeffrey Lubeck writes:
      January 21st, 201710:02 amat

      How many miles paced and water bottles devoured by Crean in this game?

      • JustABum writes:
        January 21st, 201711:35 amat

        Is it possible to predict the antics of hairball of IU’s? I don’t think so, but it might be close to 307 miles.

        • Jeffrey Lubeck writes:
          January 21st, 20171:15 pmat

          The TUSPredictiveModelingTool (TPMT) projects 307.4 miles.

          Either you are very good, created the modeling algorithms or both.

  • 79 Spartan writes:
    January 21st, 201710:48 amat

    Shouldn’t that last photo caption read, “Der Fuhrer”?

    Both teams have been up and down since conference play began.

    Hoosiers down out Anunoby out for the season, holding on for a big road win at PSU, but it looks like Juwan Morgan may be hampered with an ankle issue.

    Reading the Indy Star, I get the sense that IU will be very short handed with Crean asking the home crowd to amp it up as they will really need the home court advantage.

    Winston is talking the talk, but hasn’t walked the walk the past few games. As lost as the Spartans looked at O$U (interesting quotes from TI about that issue in Solaris recent missive) this team has shown a resistance to allowing the past effort to affect them the next outing.

    Doubt it will be a barn burner. I suspect a real grinders and that will mean the refs ant free throw shooting may be the difference in the game. Even if we can jump out early and keep the crowd noise down, I suspect a come back will get the crowd going. We’ll need poise and composure to close it out.

    We’ll see if the young Spartans can find some leadership and get a needed road win.

    • Jeffrey Lubeck writes:
      January 21st, 201711:22 amat

      Corrected. Thanks.

  • JerseyJohn writes:
    January 21st, 201710:57 amat

    went to IU once for a football game. walked in to assembly hall to get a glimpse but mein fuhrer was conducting practice and had gym completely locked off. don’t expect many if any road wins for the duration. I fully expect crean (who I can’t stand) to pull a few pete carroll’s and incite the crowd.

    p.s. way to go ed minney and the icers!

    • Jeffrey Lubeck writes:
      January 21st, 20171:17 pmat

      I am not expecting much from MSU out of Bloomington; hoping to be pleasantly surprised.

  • USMC Retired writes:
    January 21st, 20172:19 pmat

    haven’t seen the Spartans play this bad team D since forever – wow

  • USMC Retired writes:
    January 21st, 20172:24 pmat

    This is what I think is disgusting – the stupid frakking announcer trying to be part of the story – sit your fat arse down and tell me who the foul’s on – you got fired as a coach now you just get to let your mouth annoy people

  • Kindle writes:
    January 21st, 20172:44 pmat

    First subs in at the 16:13 mark with MSU in the lead 8-6.

    Oh well, so much for having the lead. Blackmon on fire.

  • USMC Retired writes:
    January 21st, 20172:46 pmat

    looks like a High School team and not a very good one

    • JustABum writes:
      January 21st, 20173:01 pmat

      This HS team had six days to prepare for this game.

      Frankly, this annual mid-season meltdown is laughable. Whatever little confidence Winston and McQuaid possessed appears to have vanished in six days. Obvious plays to get Harris the ball to shoot after a time out are snuffed by IU because…. the strategy is predictable. Langford is now invisible. Bridges ineffective and Narim takes too long to create an open shot for his teammates.

      My time is better spent cutting a line of paper dolls and drinking rum.

      • Jeffrey Lubeck writes:
        January 21st, 20173:02 pmat

        At least the paper dolls would like up correctly.

    • Jeffrey Lubeck writes:
      January 21st, 20173:01 pmat

      Given what I have seen so far – you are being generous.

    • USMC Retired writes:
      January 21st, 20173:15 pmat

      And it continues

  • Kindle writes:
    January 21st, 20172:54 pmat

    Matt Charboneau ‏@mattcharboneau 49s49 seconds ago

    Halftime: Indiana 44, Michigan State 30. Absolutely nothing went MSU’s way that half. IU was dominant

  • JerseyJohn writes:
    January 21st, 20173:08 pmat

    unwatchable, I’m switching over to the Love Boat marathon.

  • Jeffrey Lubeck writes:
    January 21st, 20173:09 pmat

    It is half-time and MSU has come back from larger deficits this year (i.e., Minny).

    However, I am getting angry with my team – coaches and players – and I am one not to get angry. The bottomline is this team, yet again, is not prepared to play the game. I do not care if we have a 50-0 2nd-half close out and win. The game is forty-minutes in length and MSU is continually getting outcoached and outplayed by lesser teams game-after-game.

    • USMC Retired writes:
      January 21st, 20173:21 pmat

      Sad state of State – best ‘excuse’ is relying on freshman is not something Coach can do?

      granted this Senior class sucks, (especially with the loss of the 2 bigs) so he’ll get nothing from it in leadership role – but Nairn is a pogo stick with the ball – there is no flow and now it’s just gotten silly 3/4 of the 2nd half to go and they’re down 20 – just ‘turible’

  • USMC Retired writes:
    January 21st, 20173:47 pmat

    Gadzooks, have they settled in?

    • USMC Retired writes:
      January 21st, 20173:52 pmat

      Nope – after a TO, they start jacking 3’s, going away from what’s working and Creen knows to have whomever harris is guarding to take it to the rim

  • USMC Retired writes:
    January 21st, 20173:53 pmat

    Absolutely absurd for esPn to be advertising winter floor mats in Florida – SMH

  • USMC Retired writes:
    January 21st, 20173:59 pmat

    Harris couldn’t stop a dribble drive in a TARDIS

    Now, it’s time for 3’s and #22 finally makes one to pull with in 5.

  • USMC Retired writes:
    January 21st, 20174:06 pmat

    he had his hands on him and they’ll call that at home every time and twice on Sat afternoons

  • Jeffrey Lubeck writes:
    January 21st, 20174:18 pmat

    I stayed to the end, as I do not bail in the middle of anything.

    However, this a poorly poorly prepared and coached team. Its players appear to have little understanding, ability, or willingness to play at – actually even near – the level this program and university deserves.

    • USMC Retired writes:
      January 21st, 20175:29 pmat

      Freshman who are not actually 1 and done’s obviously have the same problems as any new guy. It’s only amplified because these 4 have NO supporting cast of reasonably good upperclassmen. The other 8 on the active roster are bit players on any time not 2016/17 MSU who all would only play at the end of games when their team is up by 20 with a minute left. That’s why McQ’s inadequacies, fit in last year when he was asked to ply a little and other teams didn’t know he could shoot (only after moving the ball back and forth in front oh himself one or twice, however) None is a DI starter – really. They are bit players on any good team.

      Coach Izzo cannot get blood out of a stone

      His recruiting of frontline players has not been what it should have been until he got these last 4.

  • Kindle writes:
    January 21st, 20174:24 pmat

    Game over. Lost it by score of 82-75.
    Letting Winston run the team is the only way this team can win anything.
    He was the big reason we made a run from that 20 point deficit and got it down to 4.
    Alas, while still down only 6, he was replaced by no-offense Nairn with over two minutes remaining when we still had a chance. Although he was brought back in for the final minute.

    * The Spartans’ trip to Bloomington was a bit eventful before the game ever started. Their flight into Indiana on Friday night was delayed about 3-4 hours due to mechanical issues. After the plane was switched out, MSU ultimately made the trip, but its evening shootaround at Assembly Hall was canceled. The Spartans instead went through a morning shootaround on Saturday.

    * Indiana, already injury-riddled without OG Anunoby and Collin Hartman, was also with starting forward Juwan Morgan, who was a game-time decision. Morgan was averaging 6.0 points and 4.2 rebounds in Big Ten play.

    * Izzo inserted Alvin Ellis III among the starters to open the second half, replacing Joshua Langford.

    * The biggest difference, again, was Indiana scoring 23 points off 12 Michigan State turnovers, most of which came early. The Spartans scored 11 points off nine IU turnovers.

    * In a bright spot, MSU collected 13 offensive boards, addressing a recent weak spot. The Spartans also made 19 of 25 free throws.

    * MSU’s defense was the biggest issue of the night. Indiana mostly did what it wanted while making 29 of 59 shots, including 11 of 24 3s.

    * Things won’t get easier for Michigan State. The Spartans host Purdue on Tuesday in East Lansing (7 p.m., TV: ESPN2).

    • Jeffrey Lubeck writes:
      January 21st, 20174:47 pmat

      Good notes and analysis.

      Mentioning bright spots about this game, team, and coaches is akin to pointing out the Titanic was running on schedule, the locks to keep the B,C & D level passengers from the top deck worked per specification, and the band played a terrific last set.

      You are correct that the easy part of MSU’s B1G Schedule is in the rear-view mirror.

      Hey, is that the Carpathia off in the distance?

      Worthless Trivia: Now that I have reminded myself… some relative was Vice President and General Manager for Cunard Lines in the United States at the time of the Titanic’s sinking.

      • USMC Retired writes:
        January 21st, 20175:32 pmat

        My Maternal Grand Father had tickets to ride the return voyage

      • JerseyJohn writes:
        January 21st, 20175:36 pmat

        this could be the single best post I ever read. but here’s a bright spot. we can still hang a banner this year. the one that has yet to be raised in breslin…the NIT championship banner.

  • Jeffrey Lubeck writes:
    January 21st, 20174:26 pmat

    My recommendation…

    Send the bus/plane/mule team home empty and let the coaches and players walk the 307.2 miles to East Lansing to gain perspective.

    Note: Despite possessing an MSU Brick (thanks NFR), I have never thrown it. This team (at current) is not worthy of the effort it would take for me to throw at them.

    • Kindle writes:
      January 21st, 20174:58 pmat

      Besides, with that “snowblower elbow” you are now afflicted with, you couldn’t throw it across the room.

      • USMC Retired writes:
        January 21st, 20175:36 pmat

        Got a class action suite notification today that I am in the class of an suite against the NC$$ for concussions and their dilatory affects in later life. So, I may need some of you to testify as to my mental acuity or lack there of (smiley face with tongue hanging out and winking eye)

        • Jeffrey Lubeck writes:
          January 21st, 20178:31 pmat

          I am willing to write a sworn statement of support. However, as Kindle correctly points out I have “snowblower elbow” on my right arm and cannot sign. Oh, wait a minute I am left-handed.

  • USMC Retired writes:
    January 21st, 20174:27 pmat

    Minnie leading Whiskey in OT – how did we ever beat them – twice?

  • Ben Green writes:
    January 21st, 20175:00 pmat

    At 12-8, with 11 games remaining in the regular season, 4 against ranked teams, 2 of them on the road, and 3 other games on the road, making the NCAA tourney is a loooong shot at best.

  • JerseyJohn writes:
    January 21st, 20175:44 pmat

    I did watch and what is left to say? guys cruise the baseline routinely, no defense. and if bridges thinks he should go pro, have at it, but he’s not that good. one bone of contention is who is making our travel arrangements? this happened last year at Rutgers when the football team was stranded for 2 days. I could see if you are flying a scheduled commercial flight but this should not be happening with charter flights. the plane should be sitting there all day ready to go. no excuses. it’s all going down the tubes from every aspect.

  • Kindle writes:
    January 21st, 20178:47 pmat

    Agree with Ben and JJ.


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