Saturday, April 3, 2010
Halftime: Butler 28, Michigan State 28
By Andy Katz
INDIANAPOLIS -- Some thoughts at the half of Butler-Michigan State:
I thought Butler would have more of a home-court advantage. Nope. There are certainly plenty of Butler folks, but it doesn’t sound like the Bulldogs have an overwhelming advantage.
I’d love for the NCAA to alternate the seating in each section so we would have more balanced cheering. I don’t like seeing one whole side sitting down during the game.
Gordon Hayward is the best pro prospect on the court. The Butler forward has a sweet stroke on 3s and had an NBA-level turnaround jumper. He has kept Butler in the game.
Butler’s Matt Howard can’t stay out of foul trouble. He picked up his second foul only six minutes into the game.
Michigan State’s Draymond Green has quite a skill set. He can make the face-the-basket shot and put the ball on the court and drive to the hoop.
If Durrell Summers and Korie Lucious, who started out with a pair of 3s, can make shots in the second half, the Spartans should win. That’s a big "if" though.
Butler has to get more production from other players beside Hayward and Shelvin Mack.
Butler’s offensive rebounding has been awful. The Bulldogs went chunks of time without one in the first half. MSU is too good on the glass. Butler’s one-shot offense will only take it so far.
Michigan State’s Raymar Morgan picked up three first-half fouls. Had he stayed in the game I’m not so sure the outcome would have been much different. The Spartans got quality play from Garrick Sherman.
Mack’s 3-pointer to tie the game with 36 seconds left in the first half energized a crowd that had become somewhat listless.
I love that I can look to my left and see clouds and blue sky. I’ve become a fan of Lucas Oil Stadium for college hoops. Still want to see this game in Conseco for the full-effect atmosphere.