Saturday, February 16, 2013

Michigan State at Nebraska Breakdown & Prediction

No. 8 Michigan State at Nebraska
Time: 8 p.m.
Venue: Bob Devaney Sports Center
TV: Big Ten Network
Records: Michigan State 21-4, 10-2 Big Ten; Nebraska 12-13, 3-9
Michigan State stat leaders: Points – Keith Appling (14.0 ppg); Rebounds – Adreian Payne (6.7 rpg); Assists – Appling (4.0 apg); Steals – Branden Dawson (1.8 spg).
Nebraska stat leaders: Points – Dylan Talley (13.2 ppg); Rebounds – Brandon Ubel (6.9 rpg); Assists – Talley/Benny Parker (2.4 apg); Steals – Ray Gallegos (1.4 spg).
Current Streaks: Michigan State W4, Nebraska L1
Point Spread: Michigan State -9.5
Prediction: Michigan State is coming off its best performance yet, so I expect somewhat of a letdown against the Cornhuskers. It won’t be a big enough of a letdown that MSU will lose, but the game will probably be closer than it should be. Nebraska has been respectable at home, going 9-5 overall. Michigan State’s defense should limit Nebraska, which is averaging just 58.6 points per game. The Spartans probably won’t be as aggressive on offense on Saturday compared to what it did on Tuesday. I think this game will be low scoring, but the Spartans should win comfortably. Michigan State 64, Nebraska 55

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