Game started at 60 mph. The funny thing about Big Ten games is score rarely reflects the speed and intensity of the game because Big Ten teams actually play defense.
Going into this game, the Hoosiers needed to stop from spiraling and correct their season before it gets to a point of no return. A win against Michigan State in East Lansing would go a crazy long way in doing just that.
While that final score is not what we were looking for I will say over the course of the game Indiana showed a lot of grit over the “Coarse” of that game! (Yes! Still got it!)
While I would normally argue that a defeat of this magnitude would be red button pushing time, but not here. This loss wasn’t as bad as the score would have you believe.
The Hoosiers played better than that score would have you think. I don’t trash any of the Hoosiers after that hard fight. They were fighting the whole 40 minutes. Mike Woodson is trying to create an identity here in a program that loves its historical identity. But thats just it. It’s a historical identity. We need to invest and emphasize in our present as much as our past if we want to get back to greatness and Woodson’s take no shit, Bobby Knight Light attitude is going to forge an identity here. We need to give it some time. Rome wasn’t built in a day folks.
There was an edge to this game even with a score like that that makes me think will be seeing some battles between Mike Woodson and Michigan State. He was a man on fire and it really seems like he has a disdain for Michigan State and the Spartan basketball program. Excited to see what storyline could come from an organic Michigan State-Indiana rivalry. I’m here for it.
Michigan State is currently sitting at fifth in the Big Ten while Indiana University is sitting in eighth place.
Indiana looks like it has begun what is now becoming an annual tradition in Bloomington, the Third Act Slide. It’s what the recent history of Indiana basketball has been plagued by. We show shines of progress and even step up in some big games from time to time. But come February, Indiana has quit in previous seasons.
On the heels of in house suspensions for what is basically half of the scholarship players, Indiana finds itself at a crossroads. With one road leading towards an all too familiar destination in recent years, the outside looking in come March Madness. The other road, a ticket to the Big Dance. Indiana needs to right the ship asap or this could get even more out of hand than it has been.
While Archie Miller was leading the Indiana Hoosiers, Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans went 4-3 against Indiana. This stat kind of woke me up to the state of Michigan State basketball. If you only went 4-3 against us at our Archie Miller-est, you don’t deserve to be on the same court with us at our Mike Woodson-est. This little stat makes me just reflect on Tom Izzo and Michigan State. The luster has wore of Michigan State if you ask me. If their not careful they could easily find themselves falling into the drought that Indiana has found themselves in decades passed. Only difference is somehow this one wouldn’t be preceded by recruiting violations, thanks SAMPSON!
While Michigan State has been playing some great ball, they just aren’t the same. Indiana as a program has been on the up since Mike Woodson has taken over and this is a game that he must win in order to keep that being the case and stopping this spiral before it can really start. And I mean really start SPIRALING like the way our last few seasons have spiraled. As a must win. Indiana fans have to feel good following this release by Indiana University:
Indiana University men’s basketball coach Mike Woodson has announced that the five players disciplined on Tuesday against Northwestern will be available to play on Saturday at Michigan State.
Freshman Tamar Bates, Sr./Jr. Michael Durr, Sr./Jr. Xavier Johnson, So./Fr. Khristian Lander and Sr./Jr. Parker Stewart did not play against the Wildcats.
“It’s important that all team rules are followed and a curfew applies to everyone in our program for a reason,” said Woodson. “It will be my decision to determine what role each one will have moving forward.”
Thank God! We were down half our team and probably about 2/3 of our minute takers against Northwestern. Now we get to see if this self imposed suspension was for the best. I’m hoping those players did some really dumb, dumb, childish stuff. So they come out looking to prove themselves and absolutely show out to make up for it. I have a feeling we the Indiana Hoosiers are going to go into Michigan State and beat them handedly. That’s also just my irresponsibly optimistic fandom.
A win at Michigan State would be a huge tournament resume builder for the Hoosiers. We can definitely use more of those. Our best win comes at home against Purdue. But, an away win at Michigan State is no cake walk. The tournament committee knows this, I just hope they also know that our terrible, terrible, loss last game at Northwestern was a little less awful with our self-imposed suspensions.