Beginning of a Long Road – Indiana 75, Michigan State 70

It was a casual Sunday for the Tom’s and their coaching staffs, taking part in Coaches vs. Cancer. On the court, it was everything but. Neither No. 7 Indiana nor No. 13 Michigan State backed down in this afternoon’s match up, sending Hoosier fans into another whirlwind of emotions. In the end, the Hoosiers defeated the Michigan State Spartans to claim the No. 1 spot in the B1G.

The twitter world was blowing up with comments on Victor Oladipo’s amazing performance. But then again 21 points, seven rebounds, a career high six steals, and two blocks will probably do that. He was there for the Hoosiers (18-2, 6-1) in more than just the numbers though. Constantly leading our defense and a huge contributor in the net, we can’t take him for granted.

 

Jan 27 2013, Bloomington, USA; Indiana Hoosiers guard Yogi Ferrell (11) lays the ball in against Michigan State Spartans guard Travis Trice (20) at Assembly Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Spartans were wearing alternate uniforms, breaking out the bronze instead of their usual white. Maybe this was the magic touch for their three’s, shooting 11 of 23 from behind the arch. Keith Appling fouled out with 5:17 left, a tough loss for the Spartans at a crucial moment. (But entertainment for the students as an excuse to chant their favorite cheer.) Committing 19 turnovers, Michigan State (17-4, 6-2) had trouble stopping Indiana’s shooting. Ending up at 50.9 percent, it was the highest for the Hoosiers since their win against Minnesota on January 12th.

Both from the 2013 recruiting class, Yogi Ferrell, ranked No. 19 by Rivals, and Gary Harris, No. 25 took the court with full force. Despite the unsportsmanlike chanting from the student section, nearly resulting in a technical, Harris led Michigan State with 21 points.

In the Spartan-Hoosier history, Michigan State leads by two game wins. And the history doesn’t stop at that. Tom Crean coached under Tom Izzo at Michigan State as a graduate assistant for two years. So the handshakes were friendly this time around in contrast to Crean’s lack of words with Bo Ryan after their loss to Wisconsin.

There were rumors that recruits James Blackman, Eron Gordon, Trevon Bluiett, Collin Hartman, and Devin Davis Jr. were in attendance. Hopefully the passion from both the fans and players carried over as it did after the Hoosiers’ 97-54 win against Bryant University for Noah Vonleh, signing for Indiana the day after.

At 18-2, this is the best start the Indiana Hoosiers have had in 20 years. There’s no better time to say “we’re back” than now.

 

Wednesday, January 30th at 8:30pm marks the infamous rival between Indiana and Purdue taking place in West Lafayette.

 

Topics: Big Ten Conference, Indiana Basketball, Indiana Hoosiers, Michigan State Spartans, Victor Oladipo

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