EAST LANSING — Michigan State rushed early, panicked unnecessarily and then, when they finally appeared to have control, never settled down.
It’ll probably cost the Spartans the Big Ten title. It led to a 72-68 home loss to Indiana Tuesday night.
Keith Appling had a dreadful game and both he and Harris missed critical free throws, free throws they’ve made all season.
It was as if, somehow, this moment was too much for MSU and its crowd, which seemed surly and panicked from the get-go.
Branden Dawson struggled to the point that he spent the end of the game on the bench, in favor of freshman Denzel Valentine.
MSU almost won this. It would have been a flawed and strange performance either way.
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