This is the seventh installment of a weekly column in which Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch explains his AP Top 25 basketball ballot, which he sees as thorough independent analysis, even if it often leaves his ballot dubbed "most extreme" of the 65 AP poll voters. Read here for his criteria and further explanation.
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch gives his initial thoughts on the Spartans' 82-72 loss Saturday against Michigan at Breslin Center. 1. This game was revealing of Michigan State — and of MichiganYou could hear it in the crowd fairly early Saturday — a realization: Michigan was every bit as good as the Spartans. Better, it turned out in the Wolverines’ 82-72 win at Breslin Center.
EAST LANSING – I don’t know that Michigan State’s players fully grasp what they’re missing as a team right now. I know they don’t know how to fix it. Before Saturday, I don’t know that the rest of us had much of a clue about the extent of their issues, either. The Spartans’ 82-72 home loss to Michigan was as revealing and, for the time being, as damning as any result in recent memory. MSU’s team is not what we thought they were. And if they want to be, they’ve got a lot of work to do.
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