The Spartan Avenue staff gives their best shot at predicting the final score of the Michigan State basketball vs. Indiana rematch. Who ya got?
We are here; we’ve made it to the month of March, folks. Unlike most seasons, Michigan State is still fighting to get into the NCAA Tournament field and Indiana is a bit of a roadblock here.
Tuesday night will feature one of the most intense games of the season with Michigan State needing a win to add to that tourney resume while the Hoosiers are sliding in the wrong direction in the midst of a losing streak.
Will the Spartans add another positive to the NCAA Tournament resume?
Connor Muldowney: Michigan State needs a win here in the worst way. So does Indiana. This game is going to be crazy intense but the fact that Michigan State is back home gives me a feeling that the Spartans are going to take care of business. The Spartans have won two straight against tournament teams in East Lansing and big games from Gabe Brown and Joshua Langford will make that three on Tuesday night. This will be a tough, grind-it-out game that comes down to the wire and has every MSU fan wanting to throw up until the final buzzer.
Final Score: Indiana 64, Michigan State 68
Stephen Robb: It was a crushing loss against Maryland but the Spartans looked as if the wear and tear of two intense games caught up to them. Indiana looks as if they’ve quit. MSU bounces back with this game. They’ll need it heading into Michigan.
Final Score: Indiana 61, Michigan State 75
Conner Linsner: This is arguably the biggest game of the year for the Spartans and the Hoosiers. Both teams have their backs against the wall and need a win to get into the tournament. Jackson-Davis destroyed Michigan State last time they played. Stopping him will be key and limiting his damage on offense. Playing through Aaron Henry and making the open looks will propel the Spartans to victory.
Final Score: Indiana 75, Michigan State 79
Jack Williams: Despite a bad year from MSU, Indiana is still the worse team. The Spartans had tired legs against Maryland, explaining poor games from Aaron Henry and Joshua Langford. In all likelihood, energy levels will be back up, leading the Spartans to a pretty strong victory and revitalizing their tournament chances.
Final Score: Indiana 65, Michigan State 71