But Wednesday night, the bully wore burnt orange as the No. 22 Texas Longhorns, paced by 21 points, eight rebounds and three steals from Jordan Hamilton, brutalized the host No. 12 Spartans, leaving town with a 67-55 victory.
Texas led by just one point, 31-30, at halftime, but raced to a seven-point advantage at 40-33, thanks to a 9-1 run aided by a pair of fast-break buckets. The Longhorn defense forced the Spartans into turnovers and also ran off of misses, crushing the Spartans with a whirling transition game.
The Longhorns then stretched their lead to double-digits at 47-35 with a three-pointer from Hamilton. After a Michigan State bucket, Hamilton canned another three-ball, this one upping the lead to 50-37. Texas grew that lead to 55-40 on a Cory Joseph transition three-pointer before the Spartans woke up, cutting the lead to nine. Texas led 59-50 before going on an 8-1 run of their own, ending in a Hamilton jumper that took the lead to a game-high 16 points at 67-51.
Michigan State played the last 5:12 without Draymond Green, one of the Spartans' most important players. Green fouled out largely a non-factor, shooting just 1-8 from the field after being hounded by an outstanding Longhorn defense.
The Spartan (8-4) loss broke a 52- game home non-conference winning streak.