Just two weeks ago, the Michigan State Spartans were being looked at as a legitimate national title contender.
However, after a 68-60 road loss Sunday to Ohio State and a 72-68 home setback this past Tuesday to Indiana, the now-No. 9-ranked Spartans (22-6, 11-4) are being viewed as a team that may be on a descending slope rather than an ascending incline.
Losing on the road in the Big Ten is inevitable—it goes with the territory in a league that has five programs ranked in the AP Top 25. But the Spartans lacked zeal and desire—their once-fiery spirit was apparently extinguished by a much hungrier Ohio State team, led by Aaron Craft's career-high 21 points.
What did we learn about the Spartans in their loss to the Buckeyes? Glad you asked, because here we go.