#10 MSU Rolls Over NMU in Exhibition Opener 93-47
East Lansing, MI
The #10 Michigan State Spartans started the 18-19 season officially on the court with their exhibition opener against Tom Izzo’s alma mater Northern Michigan University. The Spartans did exactly what top ten teams are supposed to do in an exhibition opener and they blew out the Wildcats 93-47
Nick Ward led the way for the men in green and white. He had 24 points and nine rebounds. Cassius Winston had 13 and Marcus Bingham and Joshua Langford had 12. Izzo played 15 players in total.
NMU head coach Bill Sall said of the Spartans and the eye test, “They are a very physical (team) with you. Hard to simulate their size and strength, you can’t, but their speed. Their size and speed is impressive. Ward is a huge human being and that guy is a pro. When you start talking about their top six or seven there is no doubt that they are as good as anyone in the country.”
The Spartans remained in full command of the boards winning that race 57-32. The Spartans continued their unselfish ways from last year with 17 assists on 29 baskets.
All five of the Spartans freshman played in the first half and it was a solid game for MSU. Overall 15 players played and the Spartans shot 49% while holding the Wildcats to 25%.
Izzo said of the contest that, “The only concern that I have is that we need Joshua Langford to get going more. We have to get him more shots. We understand the competition.”
No doubt one of the most interesting stories of the game was Marcus Bingham, Jr. The freshman showed off rang with a big three, and inside presence with a monster, one-handed putback dunk and an old-fashioned three. He had the aforementioned 12 for the night and four rebounds.
Izzo is going to sit down and talk with Bingham and his family about the possibility of a redshirt. Izzo told Spartan Nation several years ago that he would no longer redshirt players, but Izzo feels like he a real pro and waiting a year to lift and get bigger could propel him in that area. “What is best for him could be those things (Lift and go to class) but I haven’t made up my mind yet.”
The Spartans return to action with their first regular season game next Tuesday, November 6 at 7 PM against #1 Kansas in the Champions Classic. That game will be played in Indianapolis and can be seen on ESPN.
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