Farmer’s Quick Hits - Nittany Lion Edition

Farmer’s Quick Hits - Nittany Lion Edition

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Farmer’s Quick Hits - Nittany Lion Edition

Michigan State extended its winning streak to ten games, improved its overall record to 15-2, and improved its Big Ten record to a spotless 6-0.  The Spartans continue to roll on.

By Chris Farmer, SpartansWire reporter, contributor, telephotojourlanist.

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SpartansWire’s Chris Farmer chimes in with some quick hits on Michigan State’s 71-56 victory over Penn State in Happy Valley.

Why State Grabbed The W –

Happy Valley?

Hmmm…

How about Sleepy Valley?

More like Hapless Valley.

At least when it comes to basketball for the Nittany Lions.

Nick Ward notched his second double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds as Michigan State sleepwalked to a 71-56 win over Penn State in front of a sparse Bryce Jordan Center gathering that felt about as energized as a half empty Xanax bottle.

Coach Izzo wasn’t all that impressed even though it was the squad’s 10th straight win and 18th straight in Big Ten regular season play, tying the school record set in the National Championship season of 2000.

“Maybe we’re all talking too much about how good we are?”said Izzo.

Junior guard Cassius Winston was actually human for once this season, finishing with 11 points and a team-high 7 turnovers as first-half foul trouble had the floor general outta sorts.

“I’m giving him credit for the whole season.” Izzo described about Winston.

“He sure as hell deserves a hall pass, but he can’t get many of them if we’re going to be a real good team.”

The Spartans hammered the Lions on the glass 41-21, with Ward and Kenny Goins pulling in more than half of MSU’s caroms.

Sneetch McQuaid was a shot of espresso ringing up back-to-back “Quaido Bombs” with 13:06 to play in the game when PSU had whittled the lead down to 10.

Sneetch paced the Green & White with 15 points.

So there you have it folks.

A 15-point ho-hum win over a school with a fan base that doesn’t appear to recognize that the school has a basketball program.

I’m gonna go take a nap.

And then try to figure out what the hell a “Nittany Lion” is…

Who Stepped Up?

Add Kyle Ahrens to the M*A*S*H* unit with Joshua Langford who sat out his 5th straight game.

Ahrens didn’t even bother to board the plane, staying in EL with a back sprain.

Freshman Aaron Henry started in place of Ahrens holding down the fort with 7 points and rocked the rack for a electrifying tomahawk jam that momentarily woke the PSU crowd from their comatose-like slumber.

Fellow Freshman mates Foster Loyer and Gabe Brown chipped in a combined 10 points and 6 rebounds.

Loyer was solid in keeping the offense going with Winston in early foul difficulty.

“For me, the biggest thing is to just go out there and play my game,” said Loyer. “Part of my game is to go in there and knock down open shots and put my teammates in a position to win.”

Brown was an integral part of a Spartan perimeter defense that kept the Lions chucking up crummy outside shots.

“Aaron and Gabe are gonna be fine, and they did a ok job,” Izzo chimed. “But they’re not Josh and Arnie, not right now.”

What’s Next?

The Big Ten roadies continue this Thursday with the Spartans heading to Big Red Country for a match-up against the enigmatic Nebraska Cornhuskers (12-4, 2-3).

Michigan State has run off 10 straight wins standing at 15-2 overall to go along with a perfect 6-0 mark in conference play.

The Spartans could use some good news on the medical front this week as Langford’s and Ahrens’s injuries continue to stretch this roster’s versatility.

Is it a matter of time before injuries at that position come back to bite them?

The black and blue Big Ten Conference takes no prisoners.

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