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Roundball recap: Spartans kick off Big Ten play with thousand-point win over Nebraska

One conference win down, a lot more to go

NCAA Basketball: Nebraska at Michigan State Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan State started off its easy December calendar with a one thousand-point win — wait, just 29 points — over Nebraska.

After a hellacious schedule in November that saw three top-ten opponents, our Spartans enjoyed another stress-free victory to kick off Big Ten play 1-0.

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It was Nick Ward’s turn to play “Who Wants To Be The Spartans Leading Scorer,” headlining the game with 22 points to go with seven rebounds.

There’s obviously a lot of fun to be had watching this team. For me, the most fun part is never knowing who the leading scorer will be any given night. Will it be Josh Langford splashing threes? Cassius Winston taking over? Miles Bridges working his magic? Or Matt McQuaid finding his stroke?

It’s like spinning a wheel, but every option is awesome.

Jaren Jackson had another solid performance with 15 points and 10 rebounds. However, it came on 3-9 shooting, including 1-4 with 3-point shooting. So not the most efficient in the world, but I actually liked seeing him fire more shots and attack the rim more than he has the last two outings. And, more importantly, he looked more controlled on defense today and kept himself out of foul trouble.

The rest of December is a great chance for improvement. I mean, just take a look at this schedule:

MSU’s December calendar

Good God, they couldn’t mix in a frat’s intramural team in there too while they were at it?! (I kid, they already went through the gauntlet in November).

This is Tom Izzo’s lab now. Time to experiment, fine-tune some players and climb the mountain to peaking for Big Ten play. These games won’t be too exciting (hopefully), but they’ll be important and — best of all — cheaper for fans to attend.