Okay, no one really thought Michigan State would lose at home to Northwestern Wednesday night. The Spartans were 12 1/2 point favorites and even though Raymar Morgan had been struggling with the flu, even without him, well State doesn't lose at home right? The streaks were impressive: 11 straight wins over all, 28 straight in the Breslin Center and 21 straight over Northwestern. The Wildcats hadn't won in East Lansing since 1984 and the Breslin Center didn't even open until 1989.
I can't figure out why Goran Suton is struggling to find energy and Tom Izzo is mystified too. Suton had 14 points and 15 rebounds against the Wildcats but he is expected to produce more. If Suton and Morgan are struggling with their health for Sunday's game at Ohio State, the Spartans may be in for another rough day. There is little front line depth at this point-- Marquise Gray again struggled against Northwestern and Idong Ibok didn't even play. Guys like Austin Thornton, Tom Herzog and Isiah Dahlman aren't even in the playing group.
So if everyone else struggles, like Chris Allen and Durrell Summers did Wednesday, well then there's the chance of an upset loss. I'll admit Northwestern is better than usual and Northwestern's players kept their poise down the stretch. Had Illinois done that last Saturday the Spartans might have a losing streak to deal with in home games. The MSU guards need to get better looks at the basket when they fire those threes-- they were 5 for 26 against Northwestern. State has now gone 2-1 in its last three games outscoring the opposition by all of four points combined. Like Izzo said, it's been a rough time in practice and maybe that's finally showing on the court.