Michigan State Basketball: 3 takeaways from disappointing loss to Duke

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Michigan State basketball hosted Duke but didn’t play as well as it would have hoped. What did we learn from the Spartans’ tough home loss?

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The game seemed over from the get-go as Michigan State struck first but Duke was the more consistent team, scoring from just about everywhere on the floor.

The main culprit was former top target Vernon Carey Jr. who picked the Blue Devils over Michigan State during the recruiting process. He was out-toughing the Spartans all night in the post and that was the main difference in the game.

Duke’s 3-point game picked up later in the game, but Carey and the Blue Devils took everything Michigan State gave them in the post on Tuesday night.

What’d we learn from the Spartans’ loss to Duke?

3. Gabe Brown needs to start

Since the beginning of the season, Tom Izzo has given the nod to Rocket Watts at the shooting guard spot. It made since because he’s a plus-defender and has the ability to handle the ball, but it’s becoming more obvious that Gabe Brown should be in the starting lineup with Rocket coming off the bench.

Watts is struggling out there right now and if that means moving Henry to the two-guard spot to handle the ball more and Brown to the three, then that makes sense, too.

Brown didn’t have a monster night, but he was one of the more consistent contributors and it’d be nice to have a serious shooting threat on the floor at all times. Watts’ shot right now just isn’t falling and until he figures out how to get some confidence back, he should be coming off the bench.

The sophomore wing finished the game with eight points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal off the bench, making him a stat-sheet stuffer and an energy guy that the starting five desperately needs.

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