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Here's how Michigan State basketball stacks up in muddled Big Ten standings

EAST LANSING — As far as concession speeches go, Tom Izzo’s proclamation that he doesn’t know “if anybody's going to catch Purdue at all” for the Big Ten title is as easy as looking at the conference standings.

It’s the muddled middle behind the Boilermakers that now matters most for Michigan State basketball.

“We're only one game out of second in the loss column,” the 28th-year, Hall of Fame coach said Thursday. “Unfortunately, we're only one game out of 11th. I've never, ever in my life seen the league like this. It’s an amazing deal.