Michigan State coach Tom Izzo has been through this all before. Big weekend in the Big Ten. Big game against a big opponent.
It came down to the final shot but the Michigan State Spartans fail to connect and lose to the Fighting Illini of Illinois 42-41 on Tuesday night.
The Wolverines are patient on offense, content to spread the floor and look for outside shots or an occasional cut to the basket. The Spartans, as always, rely on defense and especially rebounding.
The Michigan State Spartans end their 15-game winning streak in less than stellar fashion losing to the Northwestern Wildcats 81-74 on Saturday.
The Michigan State Spartans make it 15 in a row beating the Iowa Hawkeyes 95-61 on Tuesday night at Breslin arena.
The Michigan State Spartans make it 14 in a row with an overtime win against the Wisconsin Badgers 63-60 on Tuesday night.
Derrick Nix and the 19th-ranked Spartans will go for their 10th straight victory overall and 62nd in a row at home over an unranked, non-conference opponent when they host UMKC on Monday night.
Former Michigan State coach Jud Heathcote was on hand to watch the Spartans handle a hostile crowd and send Gonzaga to only its seventh loss at its campus gym since 2004.
The Spartans get a confidence booster beating the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans 69-47 Sunday at Breslin Arena.
Jahvid Best once again missed practice today and will not play Sunday in order to make room on the roster for Malone. Tackle Jason Fox was placed on injured reserve after reaggravating a knee injury yesterday at practice.