Michigan State lost a tough game to the Indiana Hoosiers just a few days ago. Sunday they traveled to Ohio State. The Spartans were ranked No. 4, and the Buckeyes No. 18.
Ohio State was behind at home in the second half by nine points. Led by Aaron Craft who scored 21 points. Keith Appling suffered through his second straight subpar game for the Spartans. Gary Harris scored 14 and Derrick Nix and Adreian Payne each had 12 for the Spartans, who chopped a 10-point deficit to two in the final 3 minutes, but could not get closer. The final was 68-60.
With February losses to Michigan, Indiana, and Wisconsin, Ohio State appeared to be “easy pickens” for the Spartans. If this season has proven anything, it’s that you can’t let down, rankings haven’t mattered.
Ohio State is now 20-7 overall and 10-5 in the conference. Michigan State falls to 22-6 overall and 11-4 in conference play, putting their title hopes in jeopardy.
In other action, Michigan, Duke, and Notre Dame all won easily at home.
Selection Sunday is three weeks from today.
Columnist-The Guardian Express