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Do we have to worry about Michigan State now?


Mike Miller

Thanks to a dominating 70-55 win for No. 18 Indiana in Assembly Hall on Tuesday night, we are going to have to wait until Saturday to see if No. 5 Michigan State will be able to win the Big Ten’s outright regular season title.

Draymond Green looked every bit the all-american he is, finishing with 29 points and eight boards, but the rest of the Michigan State roster must have missed the bus to Bloomington. Green was 10-17 from the floor. His teammates? They shot just 10-34 for just 26 points. Its easy to get run off the Assembly Hall floor when your supporting cast isn’t all that supportive.

The good news for the Spartans is that they still have the inside track for the Big Ten title. They host Ohio State on SaturdaySunday, a team that is tied with Michigan one game out of first place. The Spartans have already beaten the Buckeyes as well, winning an ugly battle in Columbus earlier this season.

Ohio State will limp into Saturday, but the question that some folks are going to ask is whether or not the Spartans are limping as well. They did not play well against Indiana. Their offense was stagnant and one-dimensional (ahem, Mr. Day Day) and their defense, with the exception of one ten minutes stretch in the second half, was porous and uninspiring. And while an ugly win at Minnesota last Thursday doesn’t do much to help my case, I’m not yet worried about the Spartans. Prior to the Minnesota game, MSU had won convincingly at Ohio State, beat Wisconsin into the ground at home and went into Mackey and beat Purdue by 14.

They’re fine.

Which means that Saturday should be sensational.

Michigan State and Ohio State, the two best teams in the Big Ten with the two favorites for conference player of the year, will be facing off in East Lansing on Draymond Green’s senior day with the league title on the line.

In the immortal words of John Wall, "#legggggooooooo”.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.