Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Other than relinquishing its lead against Harvard for a stretch, the Spartans have been outstanding. There aren't many negatives to take away from a team that has won five straight and is arguably playing its best ball of the season.
However, if there is one glaring concern, it's the excess of turnovers.
This has been an ongoing issue for these Spartans, which is partly understandable because of their desire to play in transition. That style generates more possessions, which subsequently offers the possibility for more potential mishaps.
So, the 30 turnovers State has given away through its first two contests may not be as high as it may seem in accordance with its possessions. But it's still too high for this particular team.
This squad is too experienced and talented to be surrendering this many turnovers. At times, these Spartans look to push the ball when there is no need, which can then lead to turnovers. In other instances, lazy passes are the issue.
As State generally does so well, it needs to focus on running offense with fluidity and passing with crispness. Turnovers are inevitable, especially for a team that tends to push the ball so frequently.
But State can still cut down the number of turnovers. Not only do they eliminate a shot opportunity for a talented offensive team, but they also fuel the opposing team with a potential scoring opportunity at the other end.