Friday, January 10, 2014

Minnesota at Michigan State Breakdown & Prediction

Minnesota at No. 5 Michigan State
Time: 2:15PM ET
Venue: Breslin Center
TV: Big Ten Network
Records: Minnesota 13-3, 2-1 Big Ten; Michigan State 14-1, 3-0 Big Ten
Minnesota stat leaders: Points – Andre Hollins (15.8 ppg); Rebounds – Elliott Eliason (8.5 rpg); Assists – Deandre Mathieu (4.4 apg); Steals – Mathieu (2.0 spg).
Michigan State stat leaders: Points – Garry Harris (17.8 ppg); Rebounds – Branden Dawson (8.6 rpg); Assists – Keith Appling (4.7 apg); Steals – Harris (1.8 spg).
Current Streaks: Minnesota W2, Michigan State W7
Point Spread: Michigan State -11
Prediction: Michigan State is a little banged up coming into the game, but the way the Spartans finished against Ohio State should serve as motivation for a good performance against the Gophers at home. Minnesota has had all three conference games decided by three points, but I don’t expect that to be the case on Saturday. Minnesota will not defend MSU as well as Ohio State did, especially against Gary Harris. Look for Harris to have a big game to rebound for his quiet performance against the Buckeyes. He will lead the Spartans to a comfortable win. Michigan State 76, Minnesota 65

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