Feb. 28, 1991. That’s the last time the Indiana Hoosiers escaped East Lansing with a win over Big Ten rival Michigan State Spartans. That’s right, many of this year’s Hoosiers have not even seen the Hoosiers win at Michigan State in their lifetime. Cody Zeller was born in 1992 and has yet to see or experience a road victory at the Breslin Center in his lifetime.
Michigan State has won 17 in a row at home against the Hoosiers and will be looking to extend that streak Tuesday in a key NCAA Basketball matchup. The No. 4 Spartans take on the No. 1 Hoosiers in a game that has Big Ten title implications, number one seed potential and home win streak hopes.
Michigan State enters the game with a 22-4 overall record and an 11-2 record in the Big Ten Conference. Indiana comes in with a 23-3 record and an identical 11-2 conference record. The Spartans need a win to take the conference lead, otherwise they will fall one game back and Indiana will have the tie-breaker with a clean sweep of the Spartans.
While playing at the Breslin Center, which opened in 1989, the Spartans are 15-0 on the 2012-2013 season. The team hasn’t lost at home since March 4 vs. Ohio State Buckeyes. Last season that was the team’s only loss as they finished with a 15-1 record at the Breslin Center, which has been a welcoming atmosphere for the Spartans. The team purchased the floor that it won the 2000 NCAA Tournament on and had it installed. That magical court, along with the Izzone student section, creates a winning environment for the Spartans.
For Indiana seniors Jordan Hulls, Christian Watford and Derek Elston, this will be their last opportunity to get a win at the Breslin Center. For the Spartans, the game is a statement game in their quest to win the Big Ten title and get a one seed in the NCAA Tournament.