Jan 18, 2014; Champaign, IL, USA; Michigan State Spartans guard Gary Harris (14) dribbles the ball around Illinois Fighting Illini guard Kendrick Nunn (25) in the second half of the game at State Farm Center. The Michigan State Spartans beat the Illinois Fighting Illini 78-62. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowksi-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan State Basketball Continues B1G Dominance

Michigan State Basketball continued to dominate Big Ten opponents yesterday with a 16 point win over the fighting Illini. It’s another road win and a 10 game win streak in arguably the toughest basketball conference in the country.

The Spartans were near full strength but still with out future 1st round draft pick Adreian Payne. Payne was in street clothes hi third consecutive game while recovering from plantar faciitis.

But you know what they say No Payne, big gain…or something like that.

The versatile Gary Harris once again showed his ability to take over games. Harris led the team with 23 points and chipped in four assists helping the Spartans to a 78-62 win.

If there is a bright side to Adreian Payne’s absence from the line-up it is the emergence of Gary Harris.  Harris has had to take more of a leadership role offensively with Payne out of the line-up. Harris has blossomed with the increased responsibility and when Payne is healthy the trio of Appling, Harris and Payne should be primed to make a deep run in the NCAA tournament.

The Michigan State Basketball squad will go for their 11th in a row when they take on Indiana at the Breslin Center on Tuesday night. Fans may witness the return of Adreian Payne against the Hooisers who will be desperate for a win after losing to Northwestern.

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