There’s more than first place in the Big Ten at stake tonight at the Breslin Center in the showdown between Michigan State and Indiana. The outcome will have an impact on seedings in the Big Ten Tournament and the NCAA Tournament. Indiana is ranked No. 1 in the week’s Associated Press poll and Michigan State is ranked No. 4. Follow the showdown here as Matt Charboneau of The Detroit News provides updates throughout the game.
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Victor Oladipo tipped in a missed shot with 40 seconds to lead No. 1 Indiana to a thrilling 72-68 victory over No. 4 Michigan State on Tuesday.
The Spartans had a three-point lead with two minutes to play but could not score again, including the missed front end of a one-and-one from Keith Appling.
Michigan State had a chance to tie the game late when freshman Gary Harris was fouled shooting a 3-pointer, but he missed the first
The victory give Indiana (24-3, 12-2 Big Ten) a one-game lead over Michigan State in the Big Ten.
Oladipo scored 19 and Cody Zeller added 17 points for the Hoosiers while Christian Watford and Jordan Hulls had 12 points each.
For Michigan State (22-5, 11-3) it was its first loss at home all season. Gary Harris scored 19 points while Adreian Payne scored 17.
It’s been back and forth over the final few minutes with the lead changing hands four times.
Adreian Payne has been outstanding late, as has been freshman Denzel Valentine.
MSU still getting nothing out of Keith Appling, who has just four points.
It’s down to the wire now at Breslin Center.
Indiana has made eight 3-pointers to just four for Michigan State and holds a one-point lead with 6:45 to play.
Michigan State has picked up the defensive intensity and has toughened up on the glass, allowing it to get back into the game.
Gary Harris has been very good attacking the basket and has 17 points while Adreian Payne has 15.
Cody Zeller had 15 for the Hoosiers, who are headed to the free-throw line after the timeout.
Michigan State picked ujp the defensive intensity and briefly regained the lead, 49-48, on a steal by Keith Appling and a layup by Branden Dawson.
But Indiana took it back on a questionable blocking call and even more questionable continuation for Cody Zeller, who made a layup and converted the free throw to put the Hoosiers up by two.
It’s anyone’s game at this point and Michigan State is back in it with its defense and some impressive play from freshman Matt Costello, who has three blocks.
Indiana continues to hold Michigan State at bay as the pace has picked up again, something that isn’t exactly a good thing for the Spartans.
Cody Zeller now has 12 points and Adreian Payne just picked up his third foul.
Branden Dawson continues to struggle defensively and just missed a put-back layup.
Michigan State needs someone to step up, and right now it’s anybody’s guess who that might be as Indiana continues to make big shots.
Nobody was a standout, but that didn’t mean the first half didn’t have one side controlling the play.
No. 1 Indiana was the much better team in the first half, leading No. 4 Michigan State by six points. The Hoosiers got six more shots, thanks in part ot six offensive rebounds. They also took advantage of eight Michigan State turnovers and some sloppy defense from the Spartans.
Victor Oladipo was outstanding, scoring nine points, grabbing three reboudns and a pair of steals while Cody Zeller scored eight points for the Hoosiers.
Adreian Payne scored 10 first-half points for Michigan State, but most of those points came early as the Spartans went nearly five minutes without a field goal at one point.
Keith Appling was not in foul trouble this time around, but was ineffective, going 1-for-5 from the field for just two points. Branden Dawson had three turnovers of his own along with several defensive lapses.
Travis Trice, who was cleared to play, did play briefly in the first half and recorded a steal.
The Hoosiers remained out front with 6:52 to play in the first half and the Spartans are doing themselves no favors.
Michigan State has committed five turnovers with three coming from Branden Dawson. The Hoosiers have taken advantage and have a shot to push the lead to 25-20 coming back from the timeout when Cody Zeller goes to the free throw line.
Defensively, Michigan State has had numerous breakdowns, giving Indiana plenty of good looks.
Indiana has made the first early surge behind some solid shooting.
The Hoosiers are at 50 percent from the field and lead 18-14 almost halfway through the opening 20 minutes.
Michigan State has gotten a bit careless with the ball and has three turnovers to none for the Hoosiers.
The pace was quick and efficient early for both Michigan State and Indiana as the Spartans took an early 11-10 lead headed into the first media timeout.
Adreian Payne has five points for Michigan State while Cody Zeller has looked good early for Indiana with six points on 3-for-3 shooting.
Keith Appling is headed to the free-throw line for two shots coming out of the break.
Atmosphere continues to be outstanding between these two heavyweights.
The last time a No. 1 team came to the Breslin Center, the Spartans were unranked and facing Wisconsin.
Michigan State won that game in 2007 and hopes to repeat that feat tonight against the Hoosiers. It will take an effort much like last week’s against Michigan and early on, the crowd here is buzzing.
Magic Johnson is calling the game for ESPN, only making the atmosphere that much better.
Tip-off is minutes away in this battle atop the Big Ten.
Michigan State guard Travis Trice has been cleared to play but will see the floor only in an emergency Tuesday.
Trice has been suffering from concussion-like symptoms since getting injured Jan. 31 against Illinois and has missed the last four games. On Monday, coach Tom Izzo said Trice was “very questionable” to play.
He was going through warm-ups less than an hour before the game and took part in some of Monday’s practice.
“We did get clearance to use him,” Izzo said on the Spartan Radio Network prior to the game, “but I’m sure it’ll be emergency use only.”