They're hurting, hobbling and in need of a win Sunday at Value City Arena in Columbus over the No. 18-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in order to forget their 72-68 setback Tuesday night at the Breslin Center in East Lansing.
The No. 4-ranked Michigan State Spartans (22-5, 11-3) didn't take care of business on their home court against the top-ranked Hoosiers, leaving little doubt that Indiana is the cream of the crop in the Big Ten.
However, a road victory against a ranked foe would help Tom Izzo and Co. move past all of that.
Winning on the road in the Big Ten has been a tall task for just about everyone in the league, so the Spartans have to prove that they're over being Victor Oladipo'd and focus on finishing their Big Ten schedule on a high note.
Beating Ohio State again would obviously be a start.
Avoiding being victimized by the Buckeyes' talented roster is a key to Sunday's matchup, but let's take a look at other factors that Michigan State has to key in on in order to complete a sweep of Thad Matta's Buckeyes.