It’s certainly one of those should- and must-win kind of games for Michigan State today at Indiana. And it’s also one in which the Spartans hope to iron out many of the issues that have plagued them the past few weeks.
One of the biggest areas, about which I write today, is getting a patchwork offensive line to help produce in both the running and passing attacks while moving past the season-ending injuries to center Travis Jackson and Fou Fonoti. The Spartans hope to do what they didn’t against Eastern Michigan two weeks ago – put away a struggling opponent early and decisively.
Brian Calloway examines today’s positional matchups, the two of us give a video breakdown of what to expect and here’s our predictions and key head-to-head matchup for the MSU-IU game. Also, Graham Couch looks back at the premature death and impact of former Hoosiers coach Terry Hoeppner on their program.
Kickoff is at noon, and join in an active conversation here during the game. Graham is in Bloomington, but I’ll share your vantage point from my living room.
Also, Friday night/Saturday morning was the overnight campout for Izzone tickets. Apparently, senior center Derrick Nix is light enough now to be passed around atop peoples’ hands¬†like he’s at a Pearl Jam concert (since, I think, crowdsurfing went out of style somewhere around 1996). MSU hoops-operations man Kevin Pauga tweeted that Nix is down to 265 pounds (maybe he’s onto something with that vegetarian diet).
And for all you uniform junkies, a number of campers reported on Twitter that Tom Izzo told the assemblage that MSU will be the first school in the country sporting some Nike Pro-Combat basketball uniforms. More on that breaking and impactful news, I’m sure, on Tuesday at men’s basketball media day.