Spartans get back on track, cruise past Hoosiers

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Minnesota Athletics The Gophers must focus on Thursday's game against the Spartans in a game that has added importance

"I think we have a focus about us", Miller told reporters this week. IU will need a lot of production against the 9th ranked Spartans for the Hoosiers to capture the upset win.

Robert Johnson scored 21 and Josh Newkirk 14 for IN (11-8, 4-3). On Sunday, they held Northwestern to shooting just 26.8 percent and forced the Wildcats to commit 17 turnovers, so what are the Hoosier's chances of duplicating that type of defensive performance against MSU? "But, we have improved on flowing better offensively as of late".

"I thought Jaelynn played well at Maryland", Moren said. "I was not pleased with the second half". It's the fourth time this season Johnson has scored 20 points or more. MSU gave it away 13 times tonight, translating to ten points for the Hoosiers. At this point, it would be surprising if someone other than the Boilermakers win the league as Purdue plays Ohio State just once and it's in West Lafayette. IN was held to just 34% shooting for the game on a 20-59 night from the floor.

Miles Bridges scored 22 points and Nick Ward had 18 points and 13 rebounds to help No. 9 Michigan State bounce back with an 85-57 win over IN on Friday night.

"It wasn't a good offensive showing and they had a lot to do with it", Miller said. "If we defend and can push it, then that's when Cassius Winston is at his best".

The victory, only their second in the past 11 conference games, moved the Gophers into a tie with Wisconsin for fifth place in the Big Ten.

"We weren't attacking on the power play", Cole said. "We've got to go out there and get a couple wins". Freshman center Jack Nunge played at least 14 minutes in 13 of the Hawkeyes' first 15 games this season; however, he has averaged just 6.4 minutes over the team's last five contests. The Spartans overwhelmed the Hoosiers on the boards, holding a 45-27 advantage in that category. Sophomore big man Nick Ward is averaging 14.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest, despite playing just 19.7 minutes per game. "We really were able to get out on the break because of it". IN got a pair of 3-pointers from Johnson and Newkirk before Winston closed the scoring with two free throws to give the Spartans a 42-23 lead at halftime. His classmate Nick Ward had another efficient outing, pulling down 18 points and 13 rebounds, notching his sixth double-double on the year. Can Indiana take advantage of a Michigan State team that has been shaky in recent weeks? This was a team that looked like they felt a bit unfairly discredited and looked down upon, and came out tonight wanting to show those doubters how much that has fueled them.

"There is no way I can waver in my support", Izzo said. Whoever jumps out, you're gonna miss out. 1 St. Cloud State 2-0, were swept in a Big Ten series last weekend for the third time this season, falling 5-3 and 3-1 to MI at 3M Arena at Mariucci.

Michigan State boasts the league's most talented frontcourt with two players now projected to go in the top nine of next June's National Basketball Association draft, according to ESPN.

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