Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Minnesota at Michigan State Breakdown & Prediction

No. 18 Minnesota at No. 12 Michigan State
Time: 7 p.m.
Venue: Breslin Center
TV: Big Ten Network
Records: Minnesota 17-5, 5-4 Big Ten; Michigan State 18-4, 7-2
Minnesota stat leaders: Points – Andre Hollins (14.2 ppg); Rebounds – Trevor Mbakwe (8.5 rpg); Assists – Andre Hollins (3.7 apg); Steals – Austin Hollins (2.0 spg).
Michigan State stat leaders: Points – Keith Appling (14.0 ppg); Rebounds – Adreian Payne (6.9 rpg); Assists – Appling (4.2 apg); Steals – Branden Dawson (1.8 spg).
Current Streaks: Minnesota W2, Michigan State W1
Point Spread: Michigan State -4
Prediction: Minnesota has seemed to regress since its Big Ten opener with MSU, and the Spartans have been improving. Like most MSU games, I still expect the Spartans to be in a dog fight most of the way. Minnesota has the athletes to make this game interesting, and if the Spartans have an off night on offense, they could find themselves getting upset. I think Keith Appling will build off his strong showing against Illinois and lead the Spartans to another hard-fought victory, allowing them to keep pace in the Big Ten race. Michigan State 67, Minnesota 63

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