COLUMBUS, Ohio — Michigan State looked almost in control, ahead by as much as nine early in the second half, simply outplaying the Buckeyes.
Then, in an instant, the Spartans were struggling. They couldn’t score or defend. Mostly they couldn’t defend Buckeyes point guard Aaron Craft, who they strangely defended too closely as if here were Reggie Miller or Larry Bird.
Craft lit the Spartans up, on the drive, mostly going right, for 21 points and six assists, with 17 of those points coming in the second half.
At 11-4 in league play, MSU is all but out of the Big Ten race after this 68-60 road loss. Plenty still to play for, but most of it has to do with seeding and, next week, the Spartans trying to own rival Michigan.
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