Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Valparaiso vs. Michigan State Breakdown & Prediction

No. 14 Valparaiso vs. No. 3 Michigan State
Time: 12:15 p.m.
Venue: The Palace of Auburn Hills
Records: Valparaiso 26-7; Michigan State 25-8
Valparaiso stat leaders: Points – Ryan Broekhoff (15.9 ppg); Rebounds – Broekhoff (7.3 rpg); Assists – Erik Buggs (3.7 apg); Steals – Buggs (1.5 spg).
Michigan State stat leaders: Points – Keith Appling (13.6 ppg); Rebounds – Adreian Payne (7.5 rpg); Assists – Appling (3.5 apg); Steals – Branden Dawson (1.6 spg).
Current Streaks: Valparaiso W6, Michigan State L1
Point Spread: MSU -10.5
Prediction: Valpo has a senior-driven team that should play somewhat composed against Michigan State, but the Spartans have the clear talent advantage and the support of the home crowd, with the game being at The Palace. Tom Izzo will have the Spartans ready to come out strong and not overlook the Crusaders. With it being tournament time, I expect Michigan State to hit a new gear and start to look like a championship-caliber team more consistently. Michigan State 68, Valparaiso 56

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