ANN ARBOR — It’s a play that’ll haunt Keith Appling for a while. But a textbook steal by Trey Burke.
Michigan State will remember the final minute — the turnover, Derrick Nix’s missed free throw, the final play. But it should kick itself for most of the second half.
The Spartans are out of the Big Ten title picture (crown belongs to Indiana) and hope for a No. 1 seed.
They’ve still got a valid chance at a Final Four run — as much as anyone — but the regular season ended today.
MSU lost a road game against a good team. It didn’t get the bounces or the calls, but that’s life as a visitor anywhere.
What’s left to do is not let this loss, this three-game skid, become a slide. Win with a strong performance Thursday against Wisconsin, and while certain goals are gone, MSU will be a 2 or 3 seed and a dangerous team in the NCAA tournament.
MSU had a chance to reassert its state supremacy and stay in the Big Ten title hunt. It didn’t do it. All that’s left to do is move on.