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After dropping their last seven games, Indiana was left with more questions than answers about the rest of their season. Star freshmen Romeo Langford had posted a string of lackluster performances. Devonte Green had been suspended for a violation of team rules. Injuries were piling up along with the losses. Nothing seemed to be going the Hoosiers’ way. Heading into Saturday’s matchup with sixth-ranked Michigan State nobody was giving the Hoosiers a shot.
Somehow the Hoosiers put together their best showing to date in the Archie Miller era. Devonte Green and Deron Davis returned to the lineup and put together solid performances. Langford stepped up as senior leader Juwan Morgan went down with a shoulder injury. It seemed as though every player played with more heart, energy, and hustle than in the previous seven games.
After being down going into halftime, IU came out ready to fight in the second half and matched every Michigan State run. The Hoosiers, who had been shooting terribly during the losing streak, shot 10-20 from three. To end the second half they played all around great basketball and had a shot to win the game on a last-second shot by Langford. Instead of sulking after missing out on an exciting win in regulation, IU showed great resilience in overtime and eventually came out with an impressive season-saving and resume-boosting win.