While being plagued by injuries, the Michigan State basketball team has hit a rough patch in their conference season. After this most recent loss to the Nebraska Cornhuskers at home, the Spartans have only won three of their last seven.
"We got what we deserved," head coach Tom Izzo said after Michigan State's 60-51 loss. "And the only guy to blame for that is me. It's my job to get them ready to play, and we didn't look ready to play."
Senior guard Keith Appling, who has missed the last three games due to a wrist injury, checked in during the first half. Hoping to bring some momentum to the Spartans, he was only able to contribute two points, three boards and an assist in 19 minutes of play.
Sophomore Gary Harris led the team with 18 points. He also notched four assists and seven boards.
Adreian Payne notched 11 points and grabbed nine boards.
While Nebraska’s shooting was poor with 35.8% as a team, MSU was worse with 34.0%. The Spartans shot 17-50, including 5-24 from the arch.
"I'm disappointed," Izzo said. "I talked to my team at our pregame meal about the Super Bowl, about how if you come out and get punched in the mouth, you have to be ready to play all the time."
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