Indiana suffered its seventh straight loss, falling 72-58 to Michigan State Tuesday. The Spartans shot 59.3 percent from the floor; IU shot 34.9 percent.
"The game for us tonight was handoffs, drives, get on the glass, things of that nature," IU coach Tom Crean said. "Every time we thought we were going to cut it and start to make a little dent, get a little momentum, Kalin (Lucas) would come back with a big shot."
Crean dismissed the notion of the team's shooting slump, pointing to the IU's success on the free throw line (25 for 28). But there's no denying the team has to do a better job on the defensive end.
"We've got to get stops," sophomore guard Verdell Jones said. "When they have the lead on us, we can't trade baskets. Especially if it's one or two free throws when they are shooting threes."