Michigan State got the win it desperately needed.

Over the weekend, the Spartans grinded out a 68-65 win over No. 4 Purdue, ending a 3-game losing streak and putting a temporary halt on a trend in which they lost 5 of their last 6 contest. A Tyson Walker triple with less than 2 seconds to play might’ve been the spark the team needed.

Now, with 3 games remaining, Michigan State is looking to close out on a strong note as it prepares for the B1G Tournament and March Madness. It all starts Tuesday, when the Spartans travel to Ann Arbor to take on rival Michigan.

Tom Izzo’s team had no trouble with the Wolverines in the first meeting in East Lansing. MSU cruised to an 83-67 victory over UM. But given the recent struggles, the second game is anything but a guarantee for Michigan State.

Monday, Izzo met with reporters to talk about Saturday’s thrilling win over Purdue and the upcoming trip to Ann Arbor. Here’s what the head coach had to say: