Michigan State Basketball vs. Indiana Official Game Thread: The Spartans Beat IU, 78-71

Michigan State is ready to face Indiana, a team leading the all-time series against the Spartans, 71-55.
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Earlier this week, Tom Izzo said something that caught our attention. 

"Other teams have probably better teams than we are right now," the longtime Spartan said.

There was an odd sense of confirmation following Michigan State's ten-point loss to Purdue, putting the Spartans NCAA Tournament hopes to bed (probably). 

It seems the 66-year old had come to terms with the end of a 22-year run, and while this isn't his best coaching job, it's not all on him either. 

"If this league wasn't so good, us not playing great and having these problems, you still win three, four more games because you'd get well on somebody like we have over the years," said Izzo. "There's nobody to get well on right now."

It's also the wrong year to lose a star-studded point guard and big man, with no one to replace them. 

But on the other hand, there were fewer opportunities for the players on Michigan State's roster to improve. 

"Guys have always gotten better here; we didn't get a chance to do that," he said. 

Regardless, Izzo's Spartans will fight until the end, and if a miracle run is the only situation where the streak is extended, it starts with a win at Assembly Hall today. 


It's Game Day

Starters for Today

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Media Timeout: Indiana 8 MSU 2

15:53 left in the first half. 

Michigan State has turned it over four times in their first five possessions. Indiana is getting anything they want inside and is currently on a 6-0 run. 

Media Timeout: Indiana 19 MSU 8

9:25 left in the first half. 

The Spartans are up to eight turnovers and can't find anything on offense while IU went on a 14-2 run over 6:24. 

Media Timeout: Indiana 19 MSU 10

7:41 left in the first half. 

It's more of the same. Indiana's Trayce Jackson-Davis is having his way down low and giving the Spartan bigs fits. 

Media Timeout: Indiana 26 MSU 24

3:25 left in the first half. 

Michigan State has come to life! Thomas Kithier is playing solid defense on Jackson-Davis, the best of any MSU big thus far. And the Spartans have found a stroke on offense, hitting six of their last eight field goals. 

MSU Timeout: Indiana 30 MSU 26

:27 seconds left in the first half. 

Tom Izzo calls a timeout following a dunk by Jackson-Davis. The Spartans trail by four points with less than 30 seconds in the first half.

Halftime Stats 

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Media Timeout: Indiana 38 MSU 29

17:24 left in the second half. 

Michigan State gets called for four fouls in less than a minute, and Julius Marble, who received his first start today, is on the bench with four fouls. Indiana getting easy buckets inside, again. 

Media Timeout: Indiana 43 MSU 35

14:56 left in the second half. 

Michigan State's 13 giveaways have resulted in 17 points for Indiana, more than making up for the score and then some. 

Media Timeout: Indiana 48 MSU 44

11:48 left in the second half. 

The Spartans have made four of their last five shots to pull within four points. Kithier, the only player who managed to contain IU's big men, still hasn't checked in this half. 

Media Timeout: MSU 57 Indiana 54

7:36 left in the second half. 

Michigan State ripped off a 13-2 run, eight straight points came from Joshua Langford, including the game-tying bucket. Spartans lead by three with less than eight minutes left. 

Media Timeout: MSU 72 Indiana 64

1:38 left in the second half. 

The Spartans trailed by 13 in the first half but with less than two minutes left in regulation, they lead by eight.