Saturday, February 22, 2014
No. 13 Michigan State at No. 20 Michigan Breakdown & Prediction
Time: Noon ET
Venue: Crisler Center
Records: Michigan State 22-5, 11-3 Big Ten; Michigan 18-7, 10-3
Michigan State stat leaders: Points – Garry Harris (17.8 ppg); Rebounds – Adreian Payne (7.5 rpg); Assists – Keith Appling (4.9 apg); Steals – Harris (2.0 spg).
Michigan stat leaders: Points – Nik Stauskas (16.7 ppg); Rebounds – Jon Horford (4.6 rpg); Assists – Stauskas (3.5 apg); Steals – Caris LeVert (1.2 spg).
Current Streaks: Michigan State W1, Michigan L1
Point Spread: Michigan -2.5
Prediction: I am surprised to see Michigan favored in this one. I know the Wolverines got a win over MSU in East Lansing, but the Spartans were without Adreian Payne and Michigan was as hot as it has been all season. Times have changed since that first meeting. Michigan State has Payne back and he is going to be an absolute handful for the Wolverines. Michigan has been inconsistent, going just 2-3 in its last five. The Spartans haven’t exactly been flawless, but I suspect the loss to Nebraska at home has got them refocused. MSU has been better on the road this season as well. For Michigan to win this game, it will have to shoot as well as the Spartans did at Purdue. It could happen, but I don’t think it is likely. I see Michigan State coming out with the win in Crisler. Michigan State 78, Michigan 69