The first time these teams played, a 75-70 Hoosiers victory in Bloomington, the numbers looked like the Spartans should have done enough to win.
This time around the Spartans almost Houdini'd a win.
The better team won in the end, mostly due to the fact when the Spartans had the chance to steal a game it's late-game clutch free throw shooting disappeared.
Here is the defensive score sheet from the game for the Spartans:
The Spartans were actually better defensively this time around (105.7 defensive efficiency compared to 107.5 at Assembly Hall). The problem was MSU's best defenders - Keith Appling and Branden Dawson had pretty forgettable games defensively. Because of that the Hoosiers earn the regular season sweep. Who knows, maybe these teams will meet again in the Big Ten Tournament?
Previous 2012-13 Spartan Defensive Score Sheets
MSU vs. Michigan (Feb. 13)