Thank goodness CBS finally gave up the national coverage of the disappointing (unless you are a Duke fan) Duke-Xavier game. It gave most of the country a chance to see the final ten minutes or so of Michigan State-Texas. Michigan State came away with a 67-63 win with Durrell Summers hitting the go-ahead 3 with 18.6 seconds left.
Two teams with coaches that love to put challenging games in the non-conference schedule. This was the Spartans' fourth game from major conference foes in addition to a couple games from MVC teams. Texas has scheduled even tougher with this being the fifth of seven major conference challenges, plus St. Joe's from the A-10. Texas, however, had wins over Villanova and UCLA. Michigan State was blown out by UNC (like everyone else to date) and Maryland.
Michigan State has struggled without a healthy Goran Suton in the middle. In his second game back, he went 7-8 for 18 points and was able to check Texas' big men. His presence also helped keep A.J. Abrams from attacking the basket as easily.
Abrams and the other Texas guards struggled with miserable jump shooting. A combined 10-27, and only 3-11 on threes. Forward Gary Johnson had a big game, but there was not enough help on offense.