EAST LANSING — Beyond the emotion and the bragging rights and the altered perception of Michigan State’s ceiling, Tuesday night’s 75-52 win over Michigan did something else more tangible. It put the Spartans in the driver’s seat for a Big Ten championship.
MSU is 10-2 in Big Ten play, temporarily a half-game up on Indiana (9-2), which is followed by Wisconsin (8-3), Michigan (8-4) and Ohio State (7-4).
The Spartans have road games against Michigan and Ohio State remaining and are two games up on each. In other words, if MSU wins its home games — including against Indiana next Tuesday — it wins at least a share of the title.
For a team that until Tuesday was considered a tier beneath Michigan and Indiana, that would be tangible proof to the contrary.