Spartans Come Up Short Against PSU

After a very solid performance on Friday, many got the feeling Tom Izzo had his Michigan State team ready to peak for a strong finish in the Big Ten Tournament, and then into the NCAA Tournament.

If there was anything to learn from Saturday's performance against Penn State, it is that Izzo and his team might be right where they were heading to Indianapolis a few days ago as a team without the makeup to make a strong run.

While the Spartans victories over Iowa and Purdue showed a team good enough to make the tournament field, questions remain about their ability to make a run to another Final Four.

Kalin Lucas led the Spartans with 16 points but was guilty of 5 turnovers in the 61-48 loss. Lucas found help from Durrell Summers (11 points) and Draymond Green (10 points), however, poor shooting from the field (32%) and lack of an inside game, gave Penn State the tools needed to advance to the programs first Big Ten Tournament final.

Penn State was led by Talor Battle (25 points) and Tim Frazier (22 points) in the victory and out worked the Spartans on the glass pulling down 6 more boards.

Did the Spartans hit the wall on Saturday coming off an emotional win over Purdue? According to Lucas, the Spartans were right there in the beginning.

"I don't want to say we was tired, I just think we did start off real good and then after that they started hitting shots, and I think that just took something out of us. You know, we started coming down, and we wasn't scoring the ball, and they was. I think that's what that came down to."

Did the Spartans do enough to earn a chance to make a signature moment this season in the tournament? We will all find out Sunday night when the final field is announced.

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