It’s the next Big game in the Big Ten, fourth-ranked Michigan State playing at home tonight against top-ranked Indiana. The host Spartans and the Hoosiers are tied for first place in the conference with a two game lead over Michigan and Wisconsin. It will be the first ever battle in East Lansing between two schools ranked in the top five in the weekly Associated Press men’s basketball poll.
In the rankings released yesterday, Indiana was number one for the third straight week while Michigan State moved up four places from last week. When these two teams played three weeks ago in Bloomington, Indiana held on for a 75-to-70 win over the Spartans. Tonight’s game is scheduled to tip-off at seven o’clock at the Breslin Center with the ESPN-TV broadcast crew including former Michigan State great Magic Johnson as an analyst along with Dick Vitale.