That Michigan State won it so convincingly was the obvious headline Tuesday night. The game was a riot of a rout for the Spartans, with the final 23-point margin — the largest in the series in more than a decade — barely doing it justice. Tom Izzo called it "a perfect storm" and probably the best game Michigan State had played in three years, and nobody was arguing with him.
But that the Spartans won it with major contributions from their freshmen — Harris, Valentine and Matt Costello, affectionately dubbed "The Three Stooges" by Izzo last fall — was arguably the most important takeaway from Tuesday's thrashing.
While Michigan's highly touted freshmen wilted under the bright lights on the road — again — the Spartans' trio absolutely shined.