Friday, February 28, 2014

Illinois at Michigan State Breakdown & Prediction

Illinois at No. 18 Michigan State
Time: 4PM ET
Venue: Breslin Center
Records: Illinois 16-12, 5-10 Big Ten; Michigan State 22-6, 11-4
Illinois stat leaders: Points – Rayvonte Rice (16.0 ppg); Rebounds – Rice (6.0 rpg); Assists – Tracy Abrams (3.2 apg); Steals – Rice (1.5 spg).
Michigan State stat leaders: Points – Garry Harris (17.9 ppg); Rebounds – Branden Dawson (8.7 rpg); Assists – Keith Appling (4.8 apg); Steals – Harris (2.0 spg).
Current Streaks: Illinois W2, Michigan State L1
Point Spread: Michigan State -11
Prediction: Michigan State appears to be back to a full lineup with Dawson returning. Though Appling is still battling his wrist injury, the Spartans may not get any healthier than this. It’s been a long week since the loss to Michigan on Sunday and the Spartans need to take care of business at home against a below-average Illinois team. With Iowa and Ohio State on the horizon, this is the easiest game left on MSU’s schedule. A loss could severely impact MSU’s seeding for the NCAA Tournament. Illinois is riding a two-game winning streak, and I do expect MSU to be a little rusty out of the gate, but the Illini shouldn’t pose much of a threat to Michigan State. The Spartans are better on paper and should be better on the court. Michigan State 72, Illinois 60

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