MSU basketball falls to Ohio State at Big Ten tournament: 3 quick catches

Michigan State Spartans forward Joey Hauser defends Ohio State Buckeyes forward Justice Sueing during the first half of the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals in Chicago, Friday, March 10, 2023.

1. We reviewed the other side of MSU – and it doesn’t inspire confidence

CHICAGO — It was the game every Michigan State fan feared — when the Spartans stopped shooting 60 percent from beyond the arc and, for at least an afternoon, didn’t couldn’t buy a bucket (hitting 3 of 16 3s). Couple that with an opponent who was punching, defending fiercely and playing with conviction, and MSU had a problem they couldn’t solve.

Friday’s 68-58 loss to a suddenly rolling Ohio State in the Big Ten quarterfinals was not a confidence-inspiring game that MSU is poised to race in the playoffs.

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