Michigan State basketball will look to build some confidence at the end of a long season against Indiana at Assembly Hall.
Tom Izzo hasn’t found much success against Indiana in recent years, for some reason or another. The Spartans have had much more talented teams than the Hoosiers over the past decade, but Indiana and Archie Miller have had the Spartans’ number.
Will that change in one of the weirdest seasons in college basketball history?
Michigan State sure hopes so as its NCAA Tournament hopes have been dashed but a win could provide the slightest glimmer of hope. Beating Indiana on the road could potentially spark a run to end the regular season, heading into the Big Ten Tournament.
Can the Spartans pull off a win on Saturday afternoon?
3. Mady Sissoko tops his best game yet
On Tuesday night, Mady Sissoko had his best game as a college basketball player. He finished with five points and four rebounds in six minutes and he didn’t commit a single foul or turnover. He was a spark off the bench for Tom Izzo and Co. but he didn’t play a minute in the second half for some reason.
That’s going to change on Saturday afternoon.
During a teleconference during the week, Izzo admitted that he messed up by not playing Sissoko more and even said that he plans on getting his freshman big man more minutes. He liked what he saw from Mady and that has earned him more playing time.
Hopefully Izzo means it and will get Mady on the floor at least 10 minutes against Indiana and I think he will. Going against Trayce Jackson-Davis, Izzo will need Mady. He’ll play 13 minutes and have his best game as a Spartan win seven points and six rebounds, blocking two shots as well.