INDIANAPOLIS —- Michigan State coach Tom Izzo broke it down simply: Turnovers were the difference tonight.
Tough to argue. Michigan State committed 10 turnovers in the first half, leading to 15 Kansas points.
In the second half, the Spartans had three miscues (and just five points resulting from them).
The second semifinal in the Midwest regional was all about Sparty … but it feels a little hollow not to mention Kansas.
Sherron Collins was an impressive scorer, collecting 20 points despite getting hassled by Travis Walton for much of the night.
However, it’ll be tough to leave March without a positive impression from Cole Aldrich. A guy who had a triple-double in the first weekend of the tournament followed it up with 17 points, 14 rebounds, four blocks, four assists and two steals.
He battled Goran Suton for much of the night inside and matched Suton’s deft shooting from mid- to long-range.
Collins and Aldrich were the holdovers from Kansas’ national title team. If they happen to stick around again, you can go ahead and pencil the Jayhawks into the top five in the preseason next year.
They would, after all, be the difference in a lot of games —- even if they weren’t quite enough tonight.
—- Patrick Stevens