Saturday, January 4, 2014
Michigan State at Indiana Breakdown & Prediction
Time: 2PM ET
Venue: Assembly Hall
Records: Michigan State 12-1, 1-0 Big Ten; Indiana 10-4, 0-1 Big Ten
Michigan State stat leaders: Points – Garry Harris (17.4 ppg); Rebounds – Branden Dawson (9.3 rpg); Assists – Keith Appling (4.8 apg); Steals – Travis Trice (1.5 spg).
Indiana stat leaders: Points – Yogi Ferrell (17.7 ppg); Rebounds – Noah Vonleh (9.5 rpg); Assists – Ferrell (4.1 apg); Steals – Troy Williams (1.2 spg).
Current Streaks: Michigan State W5, Indiana L1
Point Spread: Michigan State -2.5
Prediction: Michigan State hits the road again to face Indiana on Saturday. Obviously the name value gives this game more interest than perhaps it should. Indiana is not what it was last season and this is a game Michigan State should win. Tom Izzo doesn’t need any motivation to beat Tom Crean, as Crean has won his last three over his mentor. The Spartans have looked good on the road as of late and I expect that to continue. Look for Indiana to contend early behind the home crowd, but MSU pull away late behind superior talent. Michigan State 81, Indiana 70