3 bold predictions for Michigan State basketball at Indiana

Michigan State guard Jaden Akins (3) dribbles against Northwestern guard Boo Buie (0) during the
Michigan State guard Jaden Akins (3) dribbles against Northwestern guard Boo Buie (0) during the / Junfu Han / USA TODAY NETWORK
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The regular season is officially coming to a close for Michigan State basketball on Sunday as the Spartans head to Bloomington to take on a 17-13 Indiana team that has suddenly gotten hot.

The Hoosiers are on a three-game winning streak against Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Maryland, and Michigan State finally ended its three-game losing streak by beating Northwestern. There's not exactly a ton on the line in this game as Indiana isn't likely to make the NCAA Tournament while the Spartans likely punched their ticket after beating the Wildcats. Still, a win for MSU would go a long way.

Michigan State could use this to avoid any suspense on Selection Sunday while Indiana will likely need this and a trip to the Big Ten title game to get in the tournament.

Let's get bold.

3. Jaden Akins bounces back in a big way

Some slumps are so extreme that they feel like they last an eternity. That's exactly what Jaden Akins is going through right now. The junior guard has been a ghost offensively for the past three weeks.

In fact, since he scored 20 in a big road win against Penn State on Valentine's Day, Akins has been ice-cold, scoring in double figures just one time in five games. He had 13 points at Purdue, but it was quiet and he only had one three. In the other four games combined, he scored 17 points, including a zero-burger his last time out against Northwestern, going 0-for-7 from the floor.

Akins is too talented to let this trend continue and his aggression will get him out of this slump. He's going to perk up offensively like he has in three of Michigan State's last four road games, scoring 18 points with four rebounds and two steals. He'll hit four big threes to really get the offense going.