Michigan State Spartans guard Kiana Johnson (0) pushes ball up the court against against the Nebraska Cornhuskers last month at Jack Breslin Students Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE

MSU women take on Indiana tonight in first-round of B1G Tournament


If there ever was a snoozer of a hoops game, tonight is the night.

The Michigan State women’s basketball team gets their postseason under way as the No. 5 seed in the Big Ten Tournament. The downside of a 5 seed is that you must play on Day 1. The upside is that you get the worst team in the conference.

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This year the worst team is Indiana, a team that went 1-15 in conference play — and winning only six games all season. The Spartans beat the Hoosiers twice this year and are currently riding a four-game winning streak against them.

But if you’re a MSU fan, you’ll also know that the women have not done so well in the Big Ten Tournament. The Spartans (19-10 overall, 11-5 B1G) are 13-16 overall since the tournament started back in 1995.

Head coach Suzy Merchant is 3-4 in her career, but thinks the team is playing well at the right time.

“I think we have some mental toughness there, which is what you need down the stretch,” Merchant told the Lansing State Journal. “We said we had to win four games, and they put their minds to it and did that. And now we’re in a situation where you gotta win four more games. I do think we’re ready for the challenge.”

If anything, the Spartans have been red-hot late, winning seven out of eight games and have little reason to come up short this season, at least in the first two rounds.

According to ESPN’s Charlie Creme, the Spartans would be an 11 seed in the NCAA Tournament as of today.

If MSU wants to move up seeds for the Big Dance, it will have to have a much better showing in the Big Ten Tournament that in the past.

Here are more notes on the game, from our pals over at the MSU Sports Information Department 

Tonight’s game

Big Ten Tournament — first round

  • No. 5 Michigan State vs. No. 12 Indiana
  • Time: Approx. 8:25 p.m. ET
  • TV: BTN

 

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