Monday, February 18, 2013

Indiana at Michigan State Breakdown & Prediction

No. 1 Indiana at No. 4 Michigan State
Time: 7 p.m.
Venue: Breslin Center
Records: Indiana 23-3, 11-2 Big Ten; Michigan State 22-4, 11-2
Indiana stat leaders: Points – Cody Zeller (16.6 ppg); Rebounds – Zeller (8.2 rpg); Assists – Kevin Ferrell (4.3 apg); Steals – Victor Oladipo (2.3 spg).
Michigan State stat leaders: Points – Keith Appling (14.1 ppg); Rebounds – Adreian Payne (7.0 rpg); Assists – Appling (4.0 apg); Steals – Branden Dawson (1.8 spg).
Current Streaks: Indiana W3, Michigan State W5
Point Spread: Michigan State -1.5
Prediction: This game is about as big as it gets. The winner seems to have a pretty likely road to at least a share of the Big Ten title. If the Spartans bring the same energy they had last week against Michigan, I don’t see anyone beating them. Indiana should be better prepared for this game than the Wolverines were, and play an aggressive style of offense that is better suited to attack the MSU defense. In the first meeting, MSU was able to keep Cody Zeller from having a big game, but the Hoosiers still shot the ball very well, especially early in the game. Michigan State didn’t get much from Keith Appling due to foul trouble, so I expect him to have a big game Tuesday night. I think the Spartans will have plenty of confidence, and I think they have the better coach. Indiana isn’t going to go down quietly, but I do think the Hoosiers are going down in this one. It should be a classic. Michigan State 68, Indiana 65

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