Ninth-ranked Michigan State welcomes Indiana to East Lansing for a clash among Big Ten traditional powers Friday night.
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The Spartans, whose roster features a pair of potential lottery picks in freshman forward Jaren Jackson and sophomore guard Miles Bridges, will be trying to get back on the good foot after losing two of their last three games, including failures against Ohio State on the road and in-state rival Michigan at home. Coach Tom Izzo’s squad, which leads the conference in several key statistical categories, has committed an average of more than 16 turnovers per game during its current skid. A loss against the Hoosiers would almost ensure the Spartans fall out out of the top 10 in the next AP poll.
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Indiana is playing as well as it has all season, having won three straight — downing Minnesota, Penn State and Northwestern — and five of its last six. The Hoosiers, who lost 6-10 sophomore De’Ron Davis, the team leader in blocks (1.5) and second on the team in rebounds (4.3) per game for the season due to a leg injury, are 3-0 since his departure, but they could use his size and presence against a Michigan State squad that is tops in the Big Ten in rebounds (42.4), rebounding margin (+11.3) and blocks (8.0) per game.
The 6-7, 225-pound Bridges leads the way for the Spartans, averaging 16.7 points to go along with 7.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.1 blocks per game, followed by Nick Ward (14.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.6 bpg), Joshua Langford (13.5 ppg), Cassius Winston (12.7 ppg, 6.9 apg) and Jackson (11.5 ppg, 6.2 apg).
Junior Juwan Morgan leads Indiana (11-7, 4-2) in both points (15.6) and rebounds (7.4) per game. Senior guard Robert Johnson (13.6 ppg) is the only other Hoosier putting up double figures in scoring per game.
Indiana defeated Michigan State 82-75 at home in the only meeting between the teams in 2016-17.
Indiana vs. Michigan State
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Location: Breslin Student Events Center — East Lansing, Mich.
TV: Fox Sports 1