There were a lot of very good players and a lot to notice last night as the clocks reached zero (apparently all of Crisler Arena’s clocks are synced) and the Michigan State Spartans had lost their third straight game to Michigan.
For the Spartans, that includes:
- There is no question Draymond Green is having a great season, possibly even Big Ten player of the year great.
- Keith Appling has made a smooth transition to point guard in his sophomore season, often taking over games late.
- Brandon Wood, the transfer, had a tough game Tuesday, but is also adding needed offense to the lineup.
- Tim Hardaway Jr. has unquestioned skills, even if he appears confused or lackadaisical at some points.
- Zach Novak put the ball on the floor a few times last night and drove to the basket like I’ve not seen him do previously.
But the biggest star on the court on this night was Trey Burke – and he will be for the foreseeable future. This kid is a real star.
Burke scored 20 points, had 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks, but that’s not the most important aspect of his game. He repeatedly stepped up when his team needed him most. When UM needed points, Burke stepped out and nailed a deep three. When they needed to win, he assisted Stu Douglas for what would be the game winning layup. And when he needed to play defense, he did that as well.
But here’s the kicker. This kid’s a freshman. A really good freshman. Again, the biggest star on the court Tuesday night. What a bright future. I wish he wore green.