No. 1 Michigan State just keeps doing what so many around them are failing to this season.
The Spartans went on the road to a tough mid-major in Northeastern and handled the Huskies easily for a 78-58 win. That gets Tom Izzo’s team out to a 12-0 record, which ties its best mark in school history. They’ll have a chance to eclipse that mark on Tuesday when they go to the Palace at Auburn Hills to take on Oakland in their final non-conference game of the season.
This was a total team effort, with 12 players getting onto the score sheet and 15 overall entering the game at one point or another for the Spartans. They also did a pretty terrific job against All-CAA duo David Walker and Quincy Ford. Walker shot 5-of-15 and turned it over four times, while Ford only went 3-of-10.
Denzel Valentine led the way for the Spartans with 17 points, six assists and five rebounds despite six turnovers as well.
This is your clear No. 1 team in the country right now, folks. Not to look past Oakland, but it’ll be interesting to see how long the Spartans can keep this unbeaten run going. To start Big Ten play, the Spartans have three road games against Iowa, Minnesota and Penn State in their first four along with a home game against Illinois. That’s followed by Iowa again, Wisconsin and Nebraska before a home showdown against Maryland. We really could see fun run from the Spartans if they can continue to show their chops on the road.