The Michigan State Spartans will look to right the ship after Sunday’s loss as they take on the Indiana Hoosiers on the road on Saturday.
On Saturday, the Michigan State Spartans (12-7, 4-2) will take on a beleaguered Indiana Hoosiers (13-6, 3-3) team on the road in Bloomington.
After opening their season with a win over #3 Kansas at the Armed Forces Classic on Veterans’ Day, Indiana lost a stunner in overtime at Fort Wayne 11 days later then upset #3 North Carolina on Nov. 30.
The Hoosiers have continued to perform erratically since the Big Ten season started, opening their conference schedule 3-3 and losing to #6 Louisville as they dropped out of the top 25.
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Guard James Blackmon Jr. in the highest scorer in the Hoosiers’ Big Ten-leading offense with 17.5 points. Indiana also leads the conference in rebounding, with five different Hoosiers averaging four or more rebounds per game. The Hoosiers will be without sophomore forward OG Anunoby on Sunday, who is out for the season after suffering a knee injury on Wednesday against Penn State. Anunoby averged 11.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game this season before the injury.
Michigan State started their Big Ten schedule with three wins before losing two of their last three, their last win coming at home against then-#24 Minnesota.
The Spartans’ biggest threats come from their two freshman forwards, Miles Bridges and Nick Ward. Bridges leads the Spartans in scoring and rebounding with 15.3 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. Ward averages 13.3 points and 6.5 boards.
While the production in the paint has been there, the Spartans’ play at the point has lapsed as both junior Lourawls Nairn and freshman Cassius Winston have struggled to produce in the past few games.
Michigan State Spartans vs. Indiana Hoosiers
Assembly Hall – Bloomington, Ind.
Game Time: 4:00 p.m.
TV: The game will air live on ESPN, with Dave Flemming, Dan Dakich and Molly McGrath on the call, and can be streamed via WatchESPN with a subscription.
Radio: Will Tieman and Kevin Pauga will be on the mic for the Spartan Sports Network, which can be streamed here. A full list of over-the-air radio affiliates is available here and the game can be streamed through the SSN Mobile App with a subscription.
Series History: Indiana leads the all-time series, 67-53, but Michigan State won their most recent matchup 88-69 on Valentine’s Day 2016.
Line: The Hoosiers are currently 7.5-point favorites.
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