Michigan State soared to a 10-0 lead on No. 1 Kentucky and the much-anticipated game has already turned into a rout. Branden Dawson of the Spartans threw down this acrobatic 1-handed alley-oop – he caught it as he was descending and was still able to dunk the ball – and Kentucky has had no answers defensively for the patient Tom Izzo offense. Michigan State leads 44-32 at the break on the strength on 58 percent field goal shooting.
Oh, and the Spartans have played some spirited defense against the young, surprisingly-timid Wildcats – they have seven steals and have generated nine turnovers already. Kentucky’s prized power forward, Julius Randle, is thinking way too much on the court. He’s getting the ball and in almost Mel0-like fashion, becoming an offensive black hole. He thinks about his move, jab steps a few times, and then turns it over or misses a forced shot. Yeah, he’s built like a linebacker and will be a lottery pick, but 1-for-5 and four turnovers is a half he’ll quickly want to forget. If not for the 3-point shooting of freshman James Young (3-of-6 three-pointers, 15 points), the Spartans would be up 20+.
Gary Harris of Michigan State has 15 points.
Who was the idiot who predicted Kentucky would go unbeaten? Yeah, that was me.