Ross Kelly, CBS Local Sports
Football teams often script the first 15 offensive plays of the game. While the ultimate goal is to get in the endzone by the end of the sequence, the best possible scenario is to score a touchdown on the very first play. In basketball, teams don’t necessarily follow this script, but what Michigan State did on their first play of the game is essentially scoring a touchdown on the very first play of a game.
MSU basketball took on Binghamton on Saturday and its first play after the opening tip could not have possibly been executed any better:
The ball never even touched the floor and Denzel Valentine was throwing down an alley-oop even before ESPN could get up its on-screen scoreboard. That play was a microcosm of the entire game as MSU dominated throughout. The MSU bench outscored the entire Binghamton team and the Spartans rolled to a 76-33 victory.
Almost needless to say, MSU football will likely face a stiffer test than the basketball team did when they take on Iowa in the Big Ten Championship. However, Mark Dantonio is surely hoping his first 15 is executed as well as Tom Izzo’s very first play of the game.