Going into the 2017-18 college basketball season, Michigan State was one of the favorites to win the national championship.
Now, as we reach mid-January, the Big Ten schedule is the prime focus and the Spartans have been less than perfect to start. On Saturday, at home against unranked Michigan, the No. 4-ranked Spartans lost, 82-72.
The defeat dropped Michigan State to 16-3 overall, 4-2 in Big Ten play. In the Spartans’ past three games, they are 1-2, including an 80-64 loss to unranked Ohio State.
After the 10-point loss on Saturday, sophomore Miles Bridges went the honest route with the media.
Michigan State's Miles Bridges on losing to Michigan: "We just gotta get tougher. It’s pretty simple. Teams are out-toughing us. …That’s tough, especially to a school like that, that don’t even focus on [being tough]." https://t.co/3JnnAmNh40
— Dan Murphy (@DanMurphyESPN) January 13, 2018
Not only did Bridges say that his team needs to get tougher, he also managed to bash Michigan in the process, saying the Wolverines don’t focus on being tough. Ouch.
That’s a rivalry for you. But, in the only meeting between the teams that will take place during the regular season, it’s the Wolverines who are getting the last laugh.
And, the Spartans need to get tougher.