Michigan State was simply outplayed Tuesday night in Bloomington against Indiana. The Spartans’ shot at winning the Big Ten title outright will have to wait.
If not for Draymond Green’s 29 points, the Spartans (24-6, 13-4 B1G) would have been embarrassed.
On the game, MSU shot 39 percent from the floor. Green was 10 of 17, the rest of the team was 10 of 34.
Ugly? It was more than ugly.
“We didn’t defend them, we didn’t rebound, we didn’t execute,” Spartans coach Tom Izzo said. “I think Indiana deserves a lot of credit for putting us in that position. They did a great job of moving the ball and just driving at us, and we didn’t respond very well.”
The good news: the Spartans still play for the outright Big Ten title on Sunday when the No. 10-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes come to East Lansing.
As for the NCAA, the Spartans may have lost a No. 1 seed, but who knows, there are still many, many games left to play between now and a week from Sunday when the Selection Committee hands out bids.
Give credit to the Hoosiers, who have now beaten the No. 1 ranked team (Kentucky), then No. 2 team (Ohio State and the No. 5 Spartans.
Cody Zeller, who only had four points in the first meeting, went for 18 on Tuesday.
As a team, Indiana (23-7, 10-7) shot 48 percent from the floor.