This is probably more what Tom Izzo had in mind.
The Michigan State head coach was outraged by his team's performance in a loss to Penn State last weekend, calling the way the Spartans played in the defeat "humiliating."
His guys responded on Wednesday night, dominating the newly ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers in a 65-47 rout in East Lansing.
Some exceptional defense in the first half allowed Michigan State to build a huge lead. The Spartans limited the visiting Gophers to 17 points on just 26.7-percent shooting in the opening 20 minutes. Minnesota recorded just two assists in the period and never once went to the free-throw line. The Gophers missed their final 12 shots of the opening half and were scoreless the final five and a half minutes before halftime.
The second half didn't go much better for the Gophers, who were given the No. 24 ranking in the AP poll just two days ago. Minnesota finished shooting 33.3 percent on the night.
Offensively, Michigan State got a big performance from Miles Bridges, playing in just his third game after a lengthy injury absence. Bridges scored all 16 of his points in the first half, scoring eight straight in the Spartans' sensational 15-0 run to head into halftime. Michigan State shot 50 percent in the first half and led by 22 at the break, cruising to an 18-point win over the final 20 minutes.
Bridges was joined by fellow freshman Joshua Langford in double figures, Langford scoring 13 points. The Spartans had a huge advantage on the boards, winning the rebounding battle 42-29 and scoring 10 second-chance points on 11 offensive rebounds.
Nate Mason led the Gophers with 14 points. But it was a second straight poor shooting performance for the Minnesota star, who was 6-for-15 from the field. Mason was just 2-for-12 from the field in the Gophers' win over Ohio State last weekend. Dupree McBrayer had 11 points, all coming in the first half.
The bounce-back win was just what the doctor ordered for Michigan State, which is now 12-6 overall and 4-1 in Big Ten play. The Spartans travel to play Ohio State on Sunday.
The loss was a disappointing one for Minnesota, which fell to Michigan State in overtime earlier this season in the Twin Cities. The loss dropped the Gophers to 15-3 overall and 3-2 in the conference. They next play Saturday at Penn State.