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Michigan State's Kyle Ahrens Suffers Brutal Ankle Injury vs. Michigan

Michigan State players on court at the Breslin Center.

EAST LANSING, MI - DECEMBER 03: Joshua Langford #1, Cassius Winston #5, Kenny Goins #25, Xavier Tilman #23, and Kyle Ahrens #0 of the Michigan State Spartans walk on the the court after a timeout during a game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Breslin Center on December 3, 2018 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

On Sunday afternoon, the Michigan State Spartans and Michigan Wolverines faced off for the Big Ten title. After trading baskets for most of the first half, the game came to a screeching halt when Spartans forward Kyle Ahrens went down with a nasty-looking injury.

With just over four minutes left in the first half, Ahrens grabbed a rebound. When he was on the way down, Ahrens' left foot landed on a Michigan player's foot, causing his ankle to bend.

He immediately screamed in pain and grabbed at the left ankle. Medical staff rushed to his side and put his lower left leg in an air-cast before carting him off the court.

He was surrounded by teammates and coaching staff on his way off the court.

Video of the play is hard to watch.

Ahrens is a key role player on the team.

It's a devastating way to enter the NCAA Tournament for the Spartans and a heartbreaking moment for Ahrens.

The junior forward averages 19.2 minutes per game for Tom Izzo and is one of the top free-throw shooters on the team.

After the injury, Michigan took over in the final minutes of the first half. Michigan leads 31-23 with just over one minute left.