Hoosiers Upset Spartans Behind Justin Smith's Career Game

Indiana stuns No. 6 Michigan State to sweep season series

Indiana stuns No. 6 Michigan State to sweep season series

Michigan State controlled things for much of the first half, giving up the first bucket then scoring nine straight to force an early IN timeout.

IN basketball doesn't appear ready to wave a white flag on the year, rallying to defeat No. 6 Michigan State for the second time this season on Saturday. Even though the Spartans held a 35-28 lead at halftime, the Hoosiers were able to mount an incredible comeback. IN will want to limit Winston's possessions, as he is the Spartans' leading scorer with 19.2 points to go along with a team-high 7.4 assists.

But just because the Spartans have been playing extremely well lately doesn't mean they can cover the Michigan State vs. IN spread.

Now it's up to IU to follow back-to-back quality wins by finishing the regular season with two more wins at IL and against Rutgers. One of those wins was the first game against Michigan State, where the Hoosiers were led by Romeo Langford, who dropped 19 points, while the bench chipped in with 28 points. With just two games remaining, the Spartans (23-6, 14-4 Big Ten) now sit a full game behind Purdue and are tied with MI for second place. Michigan State's shot accuracy and free throw ability suffered last time, so expect to see improvements on offense.

The issue for IN is their 14 losses, and only two teams have ever received an at-large bid with 15. The game is scheduled for a noon start time and it will be televised nationally on FOX.

Better offensive production is vital for IN to get passed Michigan State. And though fortune hasn't favored the Hoosiers as of late, forward Kenny Goins said Assembly Hall is one of the hardest, most hostile places, the Spartans can play. Very active in his 13 minutes, Morgan finished with five points and six rebounds. Michigan State, meanwhile, still has to play No. 9 Michigan in a huge rivalry game at home to end the regular season.

For the Spartans, they'll need to keep getting big games from Winston.

The Spartans come to Bloomington looking to avenge their 79-75 loss to the Hoosiers which came on February 2nd.

IU has already defeated three ranked opponents, including Marquette, Michigan State, and Wisconsin.

The Hoosiers hung around behind the strong play of Justin Smith.

The Hoosiers have to win both and a couple of more in the Big Ten tournament to feel good on Selection Sunday, but they are back on the map after being left for dead a week ago.

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