1. It feels like this team has turned a corner
It might seem crazy to say after a win over Stony Brook, but it feels like this Michigan State basketball team has turned a corner. The Spartans now have three straight blowout wins and two of those were against quality opponents. The third was a mediocre Stony Brook team and the Spartans' victory was never in doubt, leading by 36 at half and winning by 44.
Would I have liked to see the defense play better in the second half? Absolutely. Giving up 12 points in the first half and then 43 in the second half is disappointing, but that's what happens when the foot is taken off the gas a bit. The Spartans seemed to relax a bit on that end of the floor.
However, the offense never let up. The Spartans just kept scoring. And that, to me, is more important than some meaningless second-half defense in a 44-point win.
Prior to the Baylor game, the offense was anemic and didn't have any sort of light at the end of the tunnel. The shooting was bad, the execution was poor, and the veterans were struggling. That all seems to have been put to rest over these past three wins as Michigan State score 88 against Baylor, 79 against Oakland, and 99 versus Stony Brook.
The defense is still playing at an elite level and it feels like the offense is catching up, the veterans are leading, and the freshmen are earning more minutes.
Don't look now, folks, this team is fun again.