Originally posted on Inside the Hall  |  Last updated 1/27/13
Thoughts on a 75-70 win against the Spartans: I. Tom Izzo brought the histrionics; Victor Oladipo played his criminal defense; Gary Harris had his smooth stroke going amidst the student section’s jeers. So this would be a fun one on a Sunday afternoon in late January where the Spartans and Hoosiers would dig deep for a full 40, neither relenting, neither backing down. Indiana led by six at the break because its offense operated at a high-level: Defense into offense (sixteen points off turnovers, 14 fast-break points), 50 percent shooting from beyond the arc (6-of-12) and high-percentage looks from the paint (18 points). But Michigan State found the cracks to keep within striking distance. It exploited the back line of Indina’s zone for a number of dunks and lobs (16 points in the paint). And Indiana coughed the ball up on 27.2 percent of its first half possessions, which the Spartans turned into 15 points of their own. On three occasions, the Hoosiers turned the ball over inbounding after
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