It was another amazing game, but the Spartans fall again to Indiana, this time at home. Victor Oladipo showed no signs of an ankle injury as he lead Indiana with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 5 steals.
Michigan State did not look as fluid as they did during their last home game against Michigan, but they had a chance late in the game as they led 67-63 with 1:25 to go. But Victor Oladipo made the Spartans pay for lack of judgement late. He was not blocked out and tipped in a go ahead shot at the rim and then broke free for an easy dunk on an inbound play by Indiana.
Gary Harris led the Spartan with 19, while Adreian Payne contributed 17 while going 3 for 3 behind the arc. Keith Appling did not get his redemption for a lack of showing against Indiana in Bloomington. He shot 1 for 8 going 0 for 4 behind the arc. He had only 2 assists while committing 4 turnovers.
The Spartan are in sole posession of the number two slot in the Big Ten.
Spartans falter in final moments Detroit Free Press
It looked, felt and sounded like a championship game. And it might just turn out to be one. In the first meeting of men’s basketball top-5 teams in the history of the Michigan State campus, the No. 1 Indiana Hoosiers and No. 4 MSU Spartans played a game worthy of that history tonight at Breslin Center. And when it was all over, Indiana was alone in first place after blowing a lead, getting it back in the final minute and prevailing, 72-68.
No. 4 Michigan State can't hold off No. 1 Indiana Detroit News
Victor Oladipo tipped in a missed shot with 40 seconds left to lead No. 1 Indiana to a thrilling 72-68 victory over No. 4 Michigan State on Tuesday night. Michigan State had a chance to tie the score late when freshman Gary Harris was fouled shooting a 3-pointer, but he missed the first. The victory give Indiana (24-3, 12-2 Big Ten) a one-game lead over Michigan State in the Big Ten.
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MSU's 17-game home winning streak against Indiana comes to an end, as well as MSU's outright Big Ten title hopes.
Spartan Heartbreak: #1 Indiana Takes Down MSU 72-68 Spartan Nation
The Izzone lined up at midnight. Magic was in the house, but MSU couldn’t overcome the IU intensity. I think Izzo said it best, “They came into our place where we should be eight or ten points better…I thought Indiana played hard the whole game and deserved to win.” IU head coach Tom Crean said, “A lot of times these games don’t live up to the hype… this one did.”
Keith Appling struggles again with Indiana, experiences 'worst feeling ever' mLive
"It's hurting bad," Appling said after Tuesday's 72-68 loss at Breslin Center dropped the Spartans down to second place in the Big Ten. "To lose at home is the worst feeling ever, especially in this league where every game matters, and it's tough to get road wins. I'm looking at the big picture, and this loss is really going to hurt us."
Keith Appling's woes continue in loss to Indiana Detroit News
He struggled all game, shooting 1-for-8, scoring just six points and turning the ball over four times. But the one place he as been clutch all season failed him against the Hoosiers. Appling was 4-for-7 from the free-throw line and his missed front end of a one-and-one with 1 minute 9 seconds to play and Michigan State leading by one point. Indiana capitalized, scoring on the next possession on its way to a 72-68 victory.
Michigan State had its chances, but Indiana made the plays Detroit News
These were the sweatiest moments at the end of a great game, in the middle of a long season. Michigan State fought its way to this spot, reached for the plaudits, then slipped on its own laces. Indiana showed why it's the No. 1 team in the country. And Michigan State showed why it's close, but not quite there. The Spartans fell by the clank of a free throw, the tip of a ball, and yes, the pressure of the moment.
Distracted, undisciplined Michigan State disappoints Tom Izzo mLive
"We had some of our key players that weren't into the game," a disappointed Izzo said Tuesday. "We had some distractions, and I think it affected some guys."There were some things that really disappointed me with the discipline of my team tonight, but it's keeping guys focused, and sometimes with distractions you start thinking you're better than you are. We didn't play with the same energy."
Michigan State needs Keith Appling to step it up Detroit Free Press
Everybody loves making excuses for college players when they don't perform to reasonable expectations. They're men when they soar to great heights, but magically revert back to childhood when they stumble. But Appling needs important self-reflection now. Indiana is the best team the Spartans have faced and likely will face -- short of an Elite Eight appearance in the NCAA tournament.
Gary Harris' heroics help, but fall short vs. Indiana Detroit Free Press
After everything he had done, Gary Harris had to a do a little more. Michigan State's freshman guard from Fishers, Ind., stood at the free-throw line with 3.7 seconds remaining Tuesday, already with a team-high 18 points in his pocket yet facing inordinate pressure.