Justin Smith helps Indiana top No. 6 Michigan State

Justin Smith helps Indiana top No. 6 Michigan State

They've also been swept in the two-game season series by an in team that is 4-12 against the rest of the Big Ten. According to SI.com's bracket expert Michael Beller, a win over Rutgers and IL next week will further improve those odds.

IN added to their bubble résumé - and pushed themselves back over.500 - with a home win over NET-8 Michigan State, their second straight win and sixth Quadrant 1 win.

On Saturday, the Hoosiers secured an absolutely huge win over the Michigan State Spartans.

Michigan State came in with records of 23-5 overall and perched atop the Big Ten Conference with a 14-3 mark, while in was 14-14 overall and 5-12 in league play. The Spartans are 8-2 in their last 10 away games, which includes an impressive victory over ninth-ranked MI last week.

Michigan State hosts Nebraska on Tuesday.

While Romeo Langford and Juwan Morgan were held in check, combining to go 6 for 24 from the field, the Hoosiers got important contributions from Smith, Green and Rob Phinisee in their second win against the Spartans this season. They've played three straight games against ranked opponents, losing two of those games by a combined eight points.

IN slowly chipped away at that deficit until a nine-point run midway through the second half that cut its deficit to one point at 11:42 and forced a Spartans timeout.

Winston finished with 20 points and 11 assists.

March is here, so get ready for some more spoilers! Kenny Goins had 14 points, while Xavier Tillman had 11. Langford and the Hoosiers have been battled tested in recent weeks.

And despite losing seven of their past nine games against Michigan State, the Hoosiers have played extremely well against the Spartans at home.

While Indiana's previous game against Wisconsin came down to the Hoosiers needing to convert on offense to end the game, this one came down to one final defensive possession.



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