Early season losses to high-profile, high-ranked opponents have become annual learning experiences for Michigan State's basketball team.
For a change, the No. 8 Spartans will try to build off a road victory against one of those teams. They defeated No. 6 Duke 75-69 on Tuesday and now return home to face Detroit Mercy on Friday.
In the past four seasons, Michigan State lost to Duke, Kentucky, Kansas and Arizona in non-conference showdowns during the first month of the season.