Michigan State 71, Iowa 69: DAMN IT ALL TO HELL

No foul called. All ball. Errr. - Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sport

A massive cold streak late in the game and an overly physical Michigan State defense did the Hawkeyes in on Tuesday night.

It's only one game. It's only one game. It's only one game. That was the mantra halfway through the second half—let's say, with 9:58 left—when Iowa found itself struggling to stay ahead of the Spartans despite (seemingly) outplaying MSU. If Sparty wins anyway, it's just one game. There have been worse losses for better teams having better seasons. It's just one game.

But DAMN.

AAAARGH.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHH DAMN IT ALL TO HELL

You really can't expect to win any games when you miss, what, 12 straights shots from the field in a 15-minute span, to say nothing of a game against a Top 10 opponent. Iowa got plenty of free throws down the stretch (and the Spartans weren't terribly upset by the calls that led to them, but when these teams needed buckets down the stretch, Michigan State hit its shots from the field—including two clutch threes in OT—and Iowa didn't.

Kudos to Michigan State, who figured it out: get back on defense, hope you hit your 3s, and clobber the hell out of Iowa. Make the refs call it lopsided. Don't be scared of the foul. And it worked. Because you know what? Michigan State got away with plenty of contact that Iowa didn't get away with. It dictated the physicality of the game. It worked.

Man, what a bummer. I don't have a whole lot more to say on top of that. It's just one game. But hell.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Black Heart Gold Pants

You must be a member of Black Heart Gold Pants to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Black Heart Gold Pants. You should read them.

Join Black Heart Gold Pants

You must be a member of Black Heart Gold Pants to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Black Heart Gold Pants. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker