The Michigan State Spartans look to bounce back after an awful one-point loss to Big Ten bottom feeder, Indiana, as the Nebraska Cornhuskers come to the Breslin Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. and the game can be watched on ESPN2.
The Spartans currently sit at 23-6 overall, and are third in the Big Ten at 14-4. Getting swept by the Hoosiers really doesn’t bode well for MSU, as Purdue is now in the driver’s seat for a Big Ten regular season title. Tonight’s game is a must-win for an MSU team expected to be without junior guard/forward Kyle Ahrens, and already down Nick Ward and Joshua Langford.
The Cornhuskers have not had the season they’ve hoped for. Nebraska is just 15-14 overall, with an abysmal 5-13 in-conference record. The team has lost three straight games. However, the Huskers played MSU very competitively in the first meeting in Lincoln — a 70-64 Spartans win. In the second half of that matchup, Nebraska was only outscored by a single point, 37-36. Given all of the injuries MSU is dealing with, this is not a game to take lightly.
Tonight’s game and Saturday’s game against Michigan are the final two contests in the regular season. If Purdue losses one of its next two, and Michigan State wins out, the Spartans can earn a share of the Big Ten title and possibly the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten tournament. While, Purdue controls its own destiny for both accolades, a win tonight is essential if MSU wants to keep the hope alive.
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