The IU faithful want to see more pictures like this one on Tuesday night, especially if it's Victor Oladipo leading the break. The condition of his ankle, injured in the first half against Purdue, will be closely monitored leading up to game time Tuesday.
Michigan State failed to score in the final 3:32 of the game in Bloomington, primarily because the pace of the game had taken the Spartans' legs away. Coach Tom Izzo acknowledged as much in his postgame comments, saying, "Down the stretch, we were really sucking air and that caused us not to jam or step up or switch."
Including the Michigan State win, Indiana has had four Big Ten games of 69 possessions or more after routinely bettering that mark against its overmatched non-conference opponents. MSU has played 69 or more four times all season. A faster tempo will greatly favor Indiana's transition-oriented game.
IU has not won in East Lansing since February 1991. If the Hoosiers can make Michigan State run again and keep the game close, the burden will be on the Spartans to show more finishing kick than they managed in Bloomington.
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