Michigan State-Idaho: Spartans Demolish Vandals in Opener

Jason FunkContributor INovember 17, 2008

Michigan State opened their season with a 38-point victory over the Idaho Vandals Sunday.

The Spartans looked very impressive on their way to dropping 100 on Idaho. While they didn't play a good team, Michigan St. beat them like they should have.

The Spartans had excellent efforts from almost everyone, showing off to the nation how deep they are while steamrolling Idaho 100-62.

Raymar Morgan and Chris Allen led the Spartans with 21 points each, which was a career high for Allen. Both Allen and Morgan were very effective, going 14-20 from the field.

Beyond the two stars of Michigan State lie 7-10 more players that will play big minutes in more meaningful games against teams like Maryland and North Carolina, who are coming up soon on the schedule.

The Spartans are arguably the deepest team in the country at every position. The team is comprised of guys that could have started elsewhere, but would rather be a "role player" at Michigan State.

A flaw of some of coach Tom Izzo's teams in between point guards Mateen Cleaves (1996-2000) and Drew Neitzel (2004-2008) was the lack of a true point guard.

This 2008-09 squad has three of them—three really good ones. Sophomore Kalin Lucas will most likely start and be one of the top three scorers for the Spartans this year. He contributed against Idaho with a near double-double with 13 points and nine assists. 

Behind him is senior Travis Walton, who isn't the greatest scorer, but will play tenacious defense and run the point guard position efficiently, as he showed versus Idaho with five assists.

New this year is freshman Korie Lucious. He may not get significant playing time, but he is the future point guard for this Spartan team. He showed some flashes of brilliance, but also made some freshman mistakes, scoring seven points in only 13 minutes of play.

The other new freshmen this year, Delvon Roe and Draymond Green, looked decent as well.

Roe was great on the glass in a mediocre team rebounding performance. He went through microfracture surgery last winter and only played one game in his senior year of high school. He isn't expected to be at 100 percent until late December at the latest, and from what he showed last night, he will get decent playing time and will be a major scoring threat come March.

Draymond Green played significantly less than Lucious and Roe, scoring two points in six minutes of play. With his big frame and toughness, he will be a huge tool in the Big Ten season, rotating in for Marquise Gray, Goran Suton, and Raymar Morgan.

This team looked as strong as any ranked opponent so far this year. They scored 100 on an Idaho squad that hadn't given up that kind of point total in 490 straight games. 

The offense was great, shooting 59.6 percent from the field and having only nine turnovers. They will always have five scoring threats on the floor.