Spartans aiming to 'switch gears"

With tough loss to Minnesota in the past, Michigan State focused in on Wisconsin and the big test the Badgers provide

Michigan State has had its share of tough losses this season. On Thursday night, Minnesota was just the latest of those as the Spartans gave up a six-point lead in the final 30 seconds to lose in overtime.

The loss left coach Tom Izzo angry and with no desire to watch the game film a day later.

”I’ve ordered my video guy to delete that from the computer,” he said. “I just didn’t like anything about it and I saw enough in person. To be honest I didn’t look at the film, I don’t need to look at the film.

”I went on to Wisconsin because we have such a quick turnaround with the travel and that’s what I did last night.”

The Spartans will try to get the bad taste of the defeat out of their mouths Sunday against the Badgers, but that test will be stiff – as tough as any they have faced this season.

But getting to the next game is as important as anything for Michigan State – “we have to switch gears,” Izzo said.

”Trying to put it behind us really and concentrate on the game at hand now, playing Wisconsin,” Travis Trice said.

The meeting with Wisconsin will be more than an opportunity to move on for the Spartans. MSU needs a win to keep pace in the Big Ten title race, as Wisconsin will clinch at least a share of the title with a win Sunday.

“I think any game would put last game behind us,” Matt Costello said, “but any game, not so much for taking away their Big Ten championship, we need to win out and they need to lose out for us to get the championship.

”We just really need this win to get our momentum back and get in the NCAA tournament because right now we are back on the bubble. We gotta take care of business.”

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