Falling behind by five at halftime wasn’t on any Michigan State basketball fan’s bingo card when the night started against Grand Valley.
The Spartans put that early deficit behind them in the second half with a 42-20 advantage in the final 20 minutes to run away with a 73-56 win in East Lansing.
Rust was clearly there, but what else can you expect from a team playing its first public action and missing a key player?
What did we learn from this 17-point win over Grand Valley?
3. Ball movement was impressive
Michigan State didn’t settle for shots on Tuesday night which is something you have to like when you’re pretty much looking for all new leading scorers this season.
We saw on numerous occasions players who would normally settle for a contested jumper last year pass out of it and swing the ball around the perimeter and into the post. The ball was constantly moving which made life difficult for Grand Valley and that bodes well for the rest of the year.
The best Michigan State teams are the ones who seem to pass the ball around the perimeter and don’t settle for open shots. This feels like a team that’s going to be up there in terms of assists per game nationally.