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Wednesday, 27 February 2013 15:22

Spartans struggling with Big Ten schedule

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State's Big Ten title hopes took a hit when the Spartans lost to Indiana and Ohio State. Coach Tom Izzo is taking the defeats almost in stride. Perhaps this late-season slip was simply an inevitable byproduct of playing in the unusually difficult league. Two weeks ago, Michigan State embarrassed rival Michigan 75-52 in East Lansing. For the Wolverines, that was the end of a stretch in which they faced Indiana, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Michigan State in succession, going 1-3 in the process. Now the schedule is being unkind to the Spartans, and it's Michigan State's turn to struggle. The Spartans will have a chance to regroup before playing at No. 4 Michigan on Sunday. After that, they host Wisconsin.