4th-ranked Michigan State missed several key free throws late in the game and number-one Indiana took advantage to beat the Spartans 72-to-68 for the Hoosiers’ first victory in East Lansing since 1991. The M-S-U loss gave Indiana sole possession of first place in the Big Ten standings with a one game lead over the Spartans and a sweep of the season series. The Hoosiers had suffered 17 straight defeats at the Breslin Center, but Indiana’s Mr. Everything, Victor Oladipo, changed that with 19 points, nine rebounds and 5 steals and scored the go-ahead points on a tip-in with 43 seconds left.
Gary Harris scored 19 points and Adreian Payne had 17 for the Spartans. Keith Appling, the Spartan’s junior point guard who has been one of the team’s normally reliable go-to-guys, really struggled last night, shooting 1-for-8 with six points and 4 turnovers. He also missed the front end of a one-and-one with 69 seconds to play that could have added to M-S-U’s one point lead. It’s a brutal stretch of the schedule for the Spartans, but at least the games are somewhat spread out. They play Sunday afternoon at Ohio State and then a week from Saturday at Michigan on March Second and then a home game March Seventh against Wisconsin.
There was an upset in the top five last night as Missouri knocked off 5th-ranked Florida 63-to-60.