Michigan State basketball: 3 takeaways from tough loss to Gonzaga

Nov 11, 2022; San Diego, California, US; Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Malachi Smith (13) dives for a loose ball during the first half against the Michigan State Spartans at USS Abraham Lincoln. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 11, 2022; San Diego, California, US; Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Malachi Smith (13) dives for a loose ball during the first half against the Michigan State Spartans at USS Abraham Lincoln. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 11, 2022; San Diego, California, US; Michigan State Spartans head coach Tom Izzo (left) reacts during the second half against the Gonzaga Bulldogs at USS Abraham Lincoln. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 11, 2022; San Diego, California, US; Michigan State Spartans head coach Tom Izzo (left) reacts during the second half against the Gonzaga Bulldogs at USS Abraham Lincoln. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports /

1. This team is going to sneak up on some people

Don’t lie, you expected Michigan State to get blown out by Gonzaga on Friday night. You wouldn’t have been alone there because that’s what everyone expected. But I think the Spartans surprised some folks. This team may just be better than we all thought.

Michigan State looked like the better team against Gonzaga for about 35 minutes and probably should have won this game which would have shut a lot of doubters up.

Sitting unranked to start the season, I wouldn’t be shocked if Michigan State slid into the rankings this week despite losing to the Zags. They held their own for 40 minutes against the nation’s second-best team and out-toughed them for the most part.

When Michigan State can hit some of their jumpers and continue to play some really good defense from the perimeter all the way to Mady Sissoko, it’s going to give teams some problems.

I wasn’t expecting this type of fight, but this team is tough.

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