Michigan State coach Tom Izzo isn't sure where his team would be if not for the efforts of Gary Harris, though the freshman hasn't been the only one playing through pain.
Harris and a host of other banged-up Spartans look to help No. 12 Michigan State earn a fifth straight victory over host Purdue on Saturday night.
The Spartans again looked uninspired at times in the first half of Wednesday's 61-50 home victory over No. 18 Minnesota, leading to their fourth consecutive halftime deficit.
Led by Harris, who scored 15 points and hit 4 of 8 from 3-point range in 36 minutes despite being noticeably bothered by back spasms, Michigan State (19-4, 8-2 Big Ten) won for the eighth time in nine games since dropping its conference opener at Minnesota on Dec. 31.
"I just kept asking him, 'Can you go?' I don't know what we would have done (without him) at that point," Izzo told the school's official website. "That kid showed me some character and heart. That was a way more heroic effort than...