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Michigan State basketball: Big Ten title hopes potentially dashed at Indiana

Michigan State basketball: Big Ten title hopes potentially dashed at Indiana

Michigan State led most of the way Saturday.

The Indiana Hoosiers are hosting the Michigan State Spartans in college basketball action on Saturday afternoon. In its last matchup, IN was able to hold Michigan State to zero points for seven minutes IN the first half, but the Spartans picked it up to get a three-point lead going into halftime. The Spartans were led by Cassius Winston, who recorded 27 points and eight assists against the Wolverines.

While Romeo Langford and Juwan Morgan were held in check, combining to go 6 for 24 from the field, the Hoosiers got important contributions from Smith, Green and Rob Phinisee in their second win against the Spartans this season. Five teams did particularly meaningful work, and we'll look at what their wins mean here as well as what they need to do going forward.

If the Hoosiers can sweep the remaining two games, then make some mild noise in the league tournament, in might find itself receiving a pair of dancing slippers.

Since IU's upset, the Hoosiers have lost five of the last six games, winning only Tuesday's matchup with No. 19 Wisconsin in double overtime, 75-73 - while the Spartans have gone 5-1. With just two games remaining, the Spartans (23-6, 14-4 Big Ten) now sit a full game behind Purdue and are tied with MI for second place.

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Michigan State turned the ball over 14 times while IN grabbed 15 offensive rebounds.

The second half started all MSU again and led to a quick IN timeout with MSU up 11.

IN cut the deficit to 20-15, but Michigan State scored the next seven for its biggest lead of the first half. Before you make any Michigan State vs. IN picks, check out the college basketball predictions from SportsLine's proven model. For the game, Michigan State finished with 14 turnovers. Assembly Hall should be rocking and the Hoosiers have to find a way to win this one. After Michigan State on Saturday, Indiana has just two games left, one at IL and one against Rutgers at home. A quick surge from the Hoosiers was answered as the Spartans eventually went up 18-8 on a Matt McQuaid jumper.

Freshman guard Romeo Langford shoots a freethrow against Wisconsin on February 26 in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. "They get on the offensive glass; they do things like that to make the game really messy and play really hard", Winston said. If they come out with victories in all of these games, a bye in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament would be expected.


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