The NCAA gave Indiana 90 days to answer charges against the basketball program and why the Hoosiers are throwing away their season by rushing to judgment in their own one week time frame is a mystery to me and I'm sure many others.   Who knows what state of mind the IU players will be when they play at Northwestern Saturday.  The Wildcats have not won a Big Ten game all season-- the Hoosiers won't lose this one no matter who coaches them will they?  Indiana would have been far wiser, in my judgment, to finish out the season, see where their players would take them and move on from there.  How they believe this one week salvo helps anyone is again, simply a mystery.

     The boys state high school basketball tournament begins Monday.  The class A district at St. Johns looks promising.  Lansing Sexton is 18-2 and coming in off an impressive 56-46 win Thursday at Holt.  The Big Reds want to make a tournament run and maybe they will but I'll be interested to see how they fare if they play crosstown rival Sexton in the district final next Friday.  Eastern is clearly improved from the start of the year after losing by one point early in the season at Sexton.  Eastern has won four in a row and is 10-10, but that is misleading because the Quakers are playing far above that level.

     Make it 300 career wins for Tom Izzo as MSU head coach if the Spartans beat Iowa Saturday.  Bet on that happening.  Michigan State is 15-0 in the Breslin Center this season and the Spartans have only dropped 22 home games in Izzo's 13-year MSU tenure.  Michigan State needs to play better on the road, but that could happen if they cut down on turnovers the way they did Wednesday night against Northwestern.

     Michigan State at Michigan in wrestling, noon Sunday on the Big Ten Network.  The storyline is the heavyweight match.  It'll be Alan O'Donnell of Michigan Statet vs. Eddie Phllips of Michigan.  They were teammates in high school at Lakewood and competed for coach Bob Veitch.  He'll be watching, rooting them both on, ready to hug them both when the match ends.


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