Entering this game the Spartans had an 8-8 record and needed this win against the Gophers. This was the year Izzo was expecting to have an outstanding team and played a tough schedule that included Kansas, Duke, Kentucky, UCLA, Syracuse, and Oklahoma. Due to many players leaving early to the NBA draft, the Spartans struggled early in the season.
Just 10 minutes into the game MSU found themselves down 23-4 and went into the locker room at half time trailing 27-43. Just 10 minutes in to the 2nd half, MSU rallied to tie the game back up at 53. Down 66-69 with only three seconds remaining, Maurice Ager hit a deep buzzer beating 3-pointer to send the game to OT. In OT, it was Paul Davis knocking down two free throws with 15 seconds left to win the game 79-78.
Not many people remember this gamebecause it was on a Wednesday and started at 9:00 PM. If you didn't see it live, you probably won't remember it.
This victory gave MSU momentum going forward as they finished out the season 17-10 with an impressive 12-4 Big Ten record. It proved to be a big win to get the Spartans hot.