Indiana and Michigan State proved to be challenging opponents this past week. We were pleased that we protected our home court and earned a victory versus Indiana. We did not play our best game versus the Spartans in East Lansing and we must give credit to the Michigan State team and coaching staff for their great effort.
It is always nice when you get off to a great shooting start. Versus Indiana, we put together a tremendous start and I believe it set the tone for us the rest of the way.
Indiana made runs to get back into the game but our guys responded well to each run. To grab another Big Ten Conference win in front of our home crowd was great for our team.
Michigan State played with a ton of energy and their execution on Sunday matched their intensity. I felt our effort was there on both ends of the court but our execution was not.
In order to win on the road, especially versus a rival, you must play well. We did not execute the details of the game to the level that we needed to in East Lansing.
We will learn from the Indiana victory and we will learn from the Michigan State loss. We are at a point in conference play where every game has Big Ten championship and postseason implications.
We will continue to take things one day at a time. That is the only way we know how to coach our team.
Our next game is versus Nebraska on Wednesday. In order to get a victory in Lincoln, we must have tremendous focus, energy and execution.