3 quick takes on MSU’s loss

Michigan State's Tyson Walker, right, reacts late during the second half in the game against Iowa on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024, at the Breslin Center in East Lansing.

1. It’s not just that MSU lost. It’s that Iowa looked like the better team.

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Michigan State’s 78-71 home loss to Iowa on Tuesday night wasn’t the sort of defeat that, alone, will put MSU anywhere near the bubble — mute or ignore anyone who says otherwise — but it’s the sort of loss that makes getting a palatable postseason seed more difficult and makes avoiding playing Thursday in the Big Ten tournament that much harder. 

The Spartans got beat Tuesday because the Hawkeyes were the better team — as in, I’m not sure they win the game if they play it again. That should be most concerning. An opponent with size on the wing and strength in the post, that looked in sync on offense and was savvy with its zone defense, was a matchup problem for MSU. Even an Iowa team that is perhaps still headed to the NIT.

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