Indiana basketball continues its’ up-and-down season this Thursday as they take on a daunting No.11 Michigan State team at Assembly Hall.
The Hoosiers now have an unpredictable identity that makes it almost impossible to guess what kind of game they will play every night. Against Rutgers, just two games ago, they shot an atrocious 2-of-19 from three and 32 percent from the field. Against Nebraska, the very next game, they had their best offensive performance in a while, hitting eight threes and shooting over 50 percent from the floor.Whether Indiana basketball chooses to be Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde on Thursday is a mystery to everyone watching.
Archie Miller found success by limiting the minutes of senior guard Devonte Green and playing freshmen Jerome Hunter and Armaan Franklin more instead. It will be interesting to see if this trend continues against an experienced Michigan State team.
Michigan State is coming off a 67-55 win against a Wisconsin team which is beginning to find its groove, but the Spartans also laid a stinker versus Purdue the game before, losing 71-42. With
Indiana’s win at Nebraska being one of the only Big Ten road wins thus far, the Hoosiers may find some comfort that the game is being played within the confines of Assembly Hall.
Despite all its struggles last year, Indiana beat Michigan State twice and looked good doing it. Even though the roster looks very different this season, Archie Miller has a track record for knowing how to prepare his players to compete against an always challenging Michigan State team.
That being said, here are three matchups to keep an eye on this Thursday in this pivotal matchup.