Magic Johnson on the 40th anniversary of the United States of America, 1979, 9th December, 2019 at the Breslin Center.
Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press
EAST LANSING – Members of the NCAA 1979 championship team inside the State of Michigan basketball locker room The coach Tom Izzo built down the previous players, spreading hands and grinning, when he made the U.S. royalty – Greg Kelser and Magic Johnson.
"It's our party as 1979!" Izzo called for relief, after the U.S. was losing streak through a 79-55 victory over Minnesota on Saturday in the Breslin Center.
"We finally saved someone!" Izzo said, looking at Johnson.
Suddenly, MSU was like an MSU again.
The Spartans again had an intense protection again and again reconstructed and again cared for the ball, reaping the box again and defending the outline – losing what was missing in different games during the breakdown.
Bigger: Michigan's basketball is basically backed by Magic Johnson in the crowd
So how did they decide it?
Perhaps it was from the back-up practice, recovery practice, the Spartans that took place on Friday, an intense environmentally friendly day before the game.
Alternatively, Izzo's opposition against Nick Ward and Cassius Winston, the stars of this team, was to play as stars.
Or possibly, Johnson and Kelser, who sat in the crowd, faced the bench before the bench.
Whatever it was, the Spartans got their identity again.
Oh, and they got something else.
Magic Johnson talks to the crowd during the game between Michigan State and Minnesota on Saturday, February 9, 2019, in East Lansing. (Photo: Rey Del Rio, Getty Images)
"McQuaid!" Johnson said to Izzo, spreading his arms.
Yes, it's a loose fit.
Matt McQuaid has always had great protection. But McQuaid gave something to this team. McQuaid scored 18 points, eight of them and did not help in 32 minutes. It only reached 10 points in the two final losses and had only double figures once in the last four games.
How does McQuaid drop off its funk? Perhaps it was because his father was practicing Friday.
"He shook the lights out," Izzo said. "I'll be looking to find a flat (or his dad) for a month or so."
We have seen this before
Practicing on Friday, Izzo was talking to Terry Donnelly, who was a likely hero of the title after scoring 15 points in the championship match against Indiana State.
Izzo wanted to pick advice and branches on the things that were wrong with the Spartans.
"It's in mid-January," said Donnelly Izzo. "It's not physical, it's probably a mental thing." When they found out 100 percent (Joshua) Langford was not coming back, this was a mental refusal. That was the beginning of these three losses. Ten, everyone knows your plays … it's really hard … and it's crazy. "
Then Donnelly reminded Izzo that the team had lost four games by the team during that championship season, which could be a whole perspective you need.
Greg Kelser and Ron Charles remember Jud Heathcote and discuss the national championship of the USU 1979 on the 40th anniversary on February 9, 2019.
Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press
"Einsteinic was not really to find out what was wrong," Izzo said. "We went the same with one key – to protect, cut out, relay and run."
OK. So, there may be four keys. But you will find the point.
The reconstruction began, Saturday, with Ward.
He plays with energy and focus, taking nine of the rebounds and scored 22 points.
"Nick was amazing," Izzo said.
The Board had a restatement in the first 8½ minutes, a significant contribution, thinking that it was only 10 during the loss of the streak.
Now, the Ward must know how to do it every game.
"I do not know if it deals well," said Izzo. "Nick is an interesting one. Draíocht, Gregory, Jay (Vincent), they all ask it a positive way."
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Now, you have to keep something in mind. Minnesota was facing the Spartans, playing the perfect team to lose this streak. The Gophers lost three straight and there are 1-6 on the road this season.
And there was no great performance. The Spartans were 6-in-11 from the free-throw line in the first half, which would mean until they finished just five in the second half.
And Kenny Goins has anxiety, who has suffered a hand injury. The good news? X-rays were negative.
"This team is very good," Izzo said. "We had a bump on the road, as one said to me, and it was a big bump. Some weird things. Shooting the way we did from the line. Spinning more than bakery. We had some weird things. We did not doing what the State of Michigan does. We should not protect it. We did not go back. Whenever you lose your identity, you'll lose a lot. "
But the Spartans got their identity back on Saturday, playing in front of the warriors from the past.
"It was fun to watch them play today," Izzo said. "It was really fun to look back and watch some elderly men now, 40 years past, jumping up and down like college kids. That's my day."
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