4 storylines for IU’s game at Michigan State

1. Devonte Green’s suspension is over.
After missing the past three games for “not meeting the standards expected of members of the program,” the junior guard will be available for Saturday’s game at Michigan State. Green returned to practice on Thursday, and while his play has been erratic, he gives the Hoosiers a potential — and much-needed — 3-point shooter off the bench. Green is shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc this season, while making 37 percent of his 3-point shots during conference play.

2. Michigan State will be hungry.
Sunday’s loss to Purdue snapped the Spartans’ 13-game winning streak, a small setback in a season that has Big Ten championship potential. Michigan State had six days to stew over that defeat, which means the Spartans will be looking to take out their frustrations on the Hoosiers. Michigan State is 10-0 this season at the Breslin Center, a venue where IU has lost each of its past four games.

3. Spartans are cashing in.
Cassius Winston is a serious contender for Big Ten Player of the Year. The junior guard is averaging 18.5 points per game and 7.3 assists, which ranks fifth in the country. Since 1992-93, there are only 18 Division I players who have averaged at least 18.0 points and 7.0 assists. “Cassius Winston is probably as good as it gets in college basketball right now in terms of running the team,” IU coach Archie Miller said.

4. Navigating foul trouble.
Juwan Morgan has to be careful. Even then, it may not make much of a difference. Michigan State will make an effort to put the Indiana senior in foul trouble, likely going with a steady helping of Nick Ward inside. Ward, a junior forward, leads the Big Ten and ranks fourth nationally with 7.9 fouls drawn per game. He has scored at least 20 points in eight games this season and ranks 18th nationally with a .620 field goal percentage.