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The Spartans, whose roster features a pair of potential lottery picks in freshman forward Jaren Jackson and sophomore guard Miles Bridges, will be trying to get back on the good foot after losing two of their last three games, including failures against Ohio State on the road and in-state rival Michigan at home. Coach Tom Izzo’s squad, which leads the conference in several key statistical categories, has committed an average of more than 16 turnovers per game during its current skid. A loss against the Hoosiers would almost ensure the Spartans fall out out of the top 10 in the next AP poll.
Now according to some who support this team, like former Michigan State basketball player and NBA champion Draymond Green, this is a good thing and that the adversity the current team is going through will enhance their long-term success. And I can agree with that to an extent, but the problem is the conference. In this week’s edition of Busting Bracket’s Bracketology, five teams from the Big Ten received bids. The Spartans received a No. 4 seed and conference leader Purdue got a No. 1 seed. The other three were from No. 6 seeds on down, meaning the number of big wins available Michigan State to enhance the team’s resume further is dwindling. This team is certainly not in danger of missing the Big Dance altogether, but a few more losses will put them in the same position as last year.
This Indiana basketball season is mostly known for two embarrassing and lopsided home losses to Indiana State and Fort Wayne. The Hoosiers are worth a second look. Indiana is suddenly 4-2 in Big Ten play (same as MSU) after three straight wins, coming at Minnesota, against Penn State and then 66-46 at home Sunday over Northwestern. Indiana is still a long shot to earn an NCAA tournament bid, given its non-conference resume and the schedule ahead, but Friday night’s game is the sort of opportunity that could change that.