Indiana defeated Michigan State by a final score of 67-63 on Thursday night at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington.
The final stats, highlights and three keys to the game are below.
The Hoosiers (15-4, 5-3) will host Maryland on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET in Bloomington.
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THREE KEYS TO THE GAME
1. Hoosier offense doesn’t settle | Durham comes up big. Michigan State buckled down on defense and forced IU late into the shot clock on several possessions, but the Hoosiers were patient. Indiana only took 12 three-pointers and only committed 8 turnovers on the night while generating 12 assists. Indiana shot 46 percent from the field and were able to maximize possessions by taking care of the ball. Junior guard Al Durham was able to hit a big three-pointer at the end of each half to help carry IU to victory.
2. No transition for Spartans. Michigan State thrives in the transition game but Indiana forced the Spartans into the half court. MSU only had four fast break points on the night. All-American point guard Cassius Winston was under his season average with five assists. Winston generates a lot of his assists in transition.
3. IU wins the hustle points. The Hoosiers won the rebounding margin 31-29, including a 10-5 advantage on the offensive glass. IU was able to outscore MSU 11-4 on second chance points. Indiana also got more free throw attempts (20-14) and forced more turnovers (13-8) on the night.
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