Michigan State is playing better but still in unusual territory entering Saturday’s rematch against N0. 15 Iowa.

The Spartans are 4-7 in conference play and 10th in the B1G, and that mark is thanks to back-to-back victories for Tom Izzo’s squad. After a four-game losing streak sandwiched around a long layoff due to COVID-19, Michigan State has won some games and is looking to do enough down the stretch to earn an NCAA Tournament bid.

Even though Michigan State lost its first game to Iowa on Feb. 2, it could still be said that it was the six-point loss to the Hawkeyes that began to turn things around for the Spartans. Aaron Henry led the team with 24 points in that game with Michigan State fighting all the way to the end.

On Friday, Izzo addressed everything from the health of the Spartans and potential decisions for the starting lineup to the mindset of the team entering the critical late-season stretch to the season.

Saturday’s game is scheduled to tipoff at 2:30 pm EST on FOX.