Jan 27 2013, Bloomington, USA; Michigan State Spartans coach Tom Izzo argues a call with referee John Higgins during a game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Assembly Hall. Indiana defeats Michigan State 75-70. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Were the Refs Responsible for Michigan State's Loss to Indiana on Sunday?

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Following Sunday’s basketball game which had Michigan State Spartans face off against the Indiana Hoosiers, Twitter exploded with speculation that the refs had made many unfair calls against the Spartans during the game. I know I found myself bewildered at times during the game when certain calls were made – at the same time, I wasn’t on the floor – I was only watching through the window of a TV set – and so I didn’t see the various angles for the calls.

The loss pushed the Spartans back from the number one slot in the Big Ten Conference (they went from 6-1 to 6-2, leaving Indiana and Michigan room to climb to the top). It’s easy to see why fans would want to blame the refs for this slip, but I’m not entirely sure that’s the whole story. This back and forth game had the Spartans missing a lot of the shots they took from outside the line, but also, the Spartans didn’t shoot nearly as many balls as the Hoosiers.

Many of the Spartans players did well. Gary Harris took home 21 of the team’s 70 points, and Adreian Payne took home 18. Brandon Dawson was responsible for 12 points and 8 rebounds. Over all they looked good out on the field – they just needed more baskets.

When we headed to Bloomington, we knew it would be a tough and big game. The guys played hard, and it was a very physical game. It was probably the most raw we’ve seen the Spartans all season, and they really wanted the win – Tom Izzo really wanted the win.

If you watched the game, what did you think? Did the refs make bad calls against the Spartans?

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