1. Michigan State picks up a very important win
Nothing has come easy for Michigan State this season. Dating all the way back to non-conference play, the Spartans have had to fight and grind out every single win. This game will be no different.
Indiana is feeling the pressure of its bubble about to burst and Michigan State knows this may very well be the final opportunity for a win in the regular season as No. 2 Michigan awaits on Thursday and Sunday. Having to win one of those games will add an incredible amount of pressure to this team’s shoulders, knowing that an NCAA Tournament berth is on the line.
Want to avoid that suffocating feeling? Win on Tuesday against Indiana.
Michigan State is the better team and I think we saw that a couple of weeks ago, but the Spartans need to play with that sense of urgency and avoid another slow start (they fell behind 19-6 at Indiana two weeks ago).
Jump ahead early, keep the foot on the gas and rely on guys like Aaron Henry and Josh Langford to carry the load on offense and the Spartans should notch themselves a much-needed win.
Michigan State will grind out another tough victory, improving to 14-10 on the year and 8-10 in league play heading into a couple of big Michigan battles.
Enough to get MSU in the tourney? Not quite, but a huge step in the right direction.