Michigan State and Indiana play at 8:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 3.
Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, Feb. 3
Location: Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Ind.
How can I watch the Michigan State-Indiana basketball game on TV and online?
The game will be called by Dave Flemming and Dan Dakich, the latter of whom felt the wrath of Michigan State fans on Twitter earlier this week for writing that Spartans star Miles Bridges “has no game.”
How can I listen to the Michigan State-Indiana basketball game on the radio?
Michigan State and Indiana can be heard over the 38-affiliate Spartan Sports Network, including flagship stations WMMQ-FM (94.9)/WJIM-AM (1240) in Lansing and WJR-AM (760) in Detroit.
Will Tieman and Matt Steigenga will have the call.
Michigan State-Indiana basketball preview: 3 keys
1. Run the floor
This would have been key even against an Indiana team at full strength. Michigan State thrives when it pushes the pace and finds Josh Langford on the left wing for a pull-up jumper or Nick Ward streaking down the middle for a layup.
That said, it’s especially vital considering the Hoosiers will be undermanned. They played without starting big man De’Ron Davis in the first meeting with MSU, and this time they might also be without senior forward Collin Hartman. The key for the Spartans will be wearing Indiana down, and they can do that by pushing the pace at every opportunity.
2. Feed the post
A frustrated Archie Miller praised Ward’s rim-running abilities after the big man dropped 18 points (his most of the calendar year) against the Hoosiers in January. Ward would rebound, throw an outlet pass and sprint right to the basket in hopes of getting a pass from point guard Cassius Winston.
Ward had his way in the half court as well. Even when he didn’t score or get to the line, he forced Indiana to collapse on him and then looked for open shooters. A cross-court pass to Winston out of a double team led to a 3-pointer that extended Michigan State’s lead to 27-10. More of that, and the Spartans will be in business.
3. Shut down Robert Johnson
With Michigan State’s size and Indiana’s lack of it, the Hoosiers are unlikely to find many good looks inside. They’ll need the 3-pointer to open things up, and Robert Johnson is the lone reliable volume shooter from long range. Keep him in check, and the more inefficient shooters on the roster will have to step up.
This job will likely be Langford’s. He has arguably been Michigan State’s least consistent defender on the year. If he’s active, engaged and fighting through screens, he should be able to force tough shots or no shots at all from Johnson.