Perhaps Tom Izzo’s weekly press conference should have been delayed until Wednesday morning.
He would have been in a better mood.
As Michigan State seeks to reinvigorate a basketball season that’s hit a sudden blip, it was given another reason to shake off the past two games.
The Spartans are back in the Big Ten title race, thanks to Minnesota’s upset of Indiana Tuesday night.
The slumping Gophers had a feel-good night at home, beating the Hoosiers 77-73, reminding us all how strong the Big Ten is eight teams team deep and, more importantly, bringing Indiana (12-3) back closer to the rest of the league’s upper tier.
MSU, Michigan and Wisconsin — with four Big Ten losses each — now have a legitimate shot at a share of the championship, with the Wolverines having control of their title shot, via the Hoosiers’ visit to the Crisler Center on the final day of the regular season.
From the Spartans’ perspective, they need to win at Michigan this Sunday before thinking about anything else.
But if they do, they’ll probably be rooting for Michigan on March 10. Indiana also has Iowa and Ohio State remaining, but both of those games are at Assembly Hall.
Sunday’s MSU-Michigan game in Ann Arbor just became a bit more important.