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The Michigan State game.

Michigan State Spartans
Current record: 20-4
Big Ten record: 8-3
Current RPI: 14
Current Sagarin: 16
2006-07 record:22-11 (8-8)
2006-07 RPI: 24
2006-07 Sagarin: 20
Series: IU leads 63-42
Last IU win: 1/7/07 (73-51 in Bloomington)
Last MSU win: 2/24/07 (66-58 in East Lansing)
Last MSU win in Bloomington: 2/8/03 (67-62)
TV: 9 pm, ESPN

Basketball intervenes, again. Michigan State, not surprisingly since the Spartans are 20-4, looks good in all efficiency measures. Th Spartans are #7 in offensive rebounding, somewhat average in defensive rebounding. MSU doesn't take good care of the ball (#209 in offensive turnover possession). The Spartans don't shoot many three pointers, but prefer to pound the ball inside. MSU shoots on 53 percent from two point range. IU has struggled this year against interior-oriented teams.

Not much to say about this one. Unfortunately, what should have been one of the biggest games of the season feels secondary. Still, IU will remain in the Big Ten hunt if the Hoosiers can win the next two at home. We'll see.