It was only one game.
I can't wait to hear all of the Michigan State Chicken Littles over the next few days crying about how this current Spartan basketball team has returned to "choker" or "looser" status by dropping a tough road game to the Indiana Hoosiers Sunday in Bloomington, IN.
How easily they all forget that "major" victory over Wisconsin last Thursday night.
Please folks. This is the college basketball in late February, upsets happen all the time at this time of the season.
Just like Michigan State, each of those teams (Duke, Oklahoma State, Kansas) was ranked in the AP Top 10 this past week.
So please Spartan fans, don't let your green and white panties get in a bunch over the loss to the Hoosiers yesterday.
Indiana had to win Sunday. They had to win to remain in 3rd place in the Big Ten standings. They had to win to get their 400th all-time victory at Assembly Hall. They had to win to have any hope of getting into the NCAA tournament.
Finally, and most importantly, they had to win to make Hoosier head coach Mike Davis' hot seat a little less toasty – at least for the time being.
It was just one game.
Did the Spartans look out of rhythm at times? Yeah. Did they commit untimely turnovers? Yes. Did they make key mistakes down the stretch? Yep. Did they shoot poorly from the free throw line? Uh Huh.
But they also did many of those same things against Wisconsin in the Kohl Center back on January 16th (62-59 loss) , and against Illinois in the Breslin Center back on February 1st (81-68 loss).
Just remember this – Since back-to-back losses to Duke (81-74 on November 30) and George Washington (96-83 on December 4) the Spartans have went 17-3, winning four-straight games after the Wisconsin defeat, and six-straight games after the Illinois loss.
This is still a damn' good basketball team; and yesterday was just one game.