BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — This much is clear: If Keith Appling plays down the stretch and a few whistles go the other way, Michigan State wins this game.
Tom Izzo said afterward Sunday afternoon’s 75-70 loss that he still believes Indiana is the best team in the Big Ten, because of its depth of talent. I disagree.
MSU tired in this one, and that’s an issue, but part of that was not having Appling, who played only 19 foul-plagued minutes before fouling out.
The Spartan bigs, Derrick Nix and Adreian Payne, outplayed perceived NBA lottery pick, Cody Zeller. And Indiana’s Jordan Hulls and Will Sheehey are only effective against MSU’s subs.
This is a very good Indiana squad, with terrific quickness and several explosive athletes, especially Victor Oladipo and Yogi Ferrell. But MSU is right there.
Indiana needed a lot to go its way to win by five at home. It’s a win, but not one that lets the Hoosiers claim to be the better club.
The rematch Feb. 19 at Breslin should be interesting.
More here later.