MSU basketball falls to Alabama at PK85, to take on Oregon: 4 snaps

Alabama guard Mark Sears, center, drives to the basket between Michigan State guard Tyson Walker, left, and center Carson Cooper during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Phil Knight Invitational in Portland, Oregon, Thursday, Nov.  24, 2022 (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

1. MSU life will be a chore until Hall and Akins return

Portland, OR. – I don’t know what the Spartans did to the basketball gods late in last Friday’s win over Villanova. But they must apologize. Because someone, somewhere seems to be pulling it off for them.

By the end of Thursday night, after Michigan State’s 81-70 loss to Alabama in the PK85 Invitational played without injured mainstays Malik Hall and Jaden Akins, Joey Hauser was also nursing a sprained ankle, Pierre Brooks was in the kennel and Bill Walton was the best thing to do. Tom Izzo.

“You’re our hero, Coach,” said eccentric Walton, who called the game to ESPN, as he passed under the bleachers at Portland’s Moda Center.

Izzo replied, “I’ve had a bad life.”

“where have you been?” Izzo said, trying to refocus.

Talking about a team that will have to go through a difficult period in the future.

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